President, PM pay tribute to martyred intellectuals

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President Abdul Hamid (L) and prime minister Sheikh Hasina pay respect to martyred intellectuals on the occasion of Martyred Intellectuals Day at the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial in Mirpur, Dhaka on 14 December 2019. Photo: PIDPresident Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday paid rich tributes to the martyred intellectuals on the occasion of the Martyred Intellectuals Day, reports UNB.

The president followed by the prime minister placed wreath at the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial in Mirpur, Dhaka in the morning.

After placing the wreath, both stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the illustrious sons of the soil.

A smartly turned out contingent of Bangladesh Armed Forces gave a state salute while the bugle played the last post at that time.

President Abdul Hamid talks to the family members of the martyred intellectuals and enquires about their wellbeing after paying respect to the martyred intellectuals on the occasion of Martyred Intellectuals Day at the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial in Mirpur, Dhaka on 14 December 2019. Photo: PIDLater, the president talked to the war-wounded freedom fighters and the family members of the martyred intellectuals and enquired about their wellbeing.

Flanked by central leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina, also the president of rulng Bangladesh Awami League, placed another wreath at the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial as the party chief.

The prime minister later went to Dhanmondi in the capital and placed a wreath at the portrait of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum, marking the Martyred Intellectuals Day.

President Abdul Hamid talks to the war-wounded freedom fighters and enquires about their wellbeing after paying respect to the martyred intellectuals on the occasion of Martyred Intellectuals Day at the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial in Mirpur, Dhaka on 14 December 2019. Photo: PIDAfter placing the wreath, she stood there for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memory of Bangabandhu, the architect of the country’s independence.

Flanked by central leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina laid another wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu as the party chief.

On this night in 1971, Bangalee intellectuals, including professors, journalists, doctors, artistes, engineers and writers, were picked up in Dhaka by the Pakistani occupation forces in collusion with their local collaborators.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina talks to the family members of the martyred intellectuals after paying respect to the martyred intellectuals on the occasion of Martyred Intellectuals Day at the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial in Mirpur, Dhaka on 14 December 2019. Photo: PIDThe intellectuals were taken to torture cells in Mirpur, Mohammadpur, Nakhalpara, Rajarbagh and other locations in different parts of the city and later executed en masse at different places, most notably Rayerbazar and Mirpur.

Since then, the day is being observed as the Martyred Intellectuals Day.

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