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Killing of intellectuals at Rayerbazar

The killings of intellectuals were a well planned strategy to divest a Bangladesh that has just emerged as an independent country of its thinkers, professionals and teachers to cripple its progress.

They were taken to al-Badr torture-camp situated in Mohammadpur Physical Training College. They first inflicted physical pains and then took them to Rayerbazar slaughter house and Mirpur graveyard. In these two places the great minds of Bengal were brutally killed on 14th December just before the defeated Pakistan Army surrendered to the joint command of Bangladesh and Indian army. Thus the Pakistan Army and their local collaborators concluded their ethnic cleansing of the Bengali people in 1971.

Also read:

Martyred intellectuals' Day Special, Dec 14, 2011

Martyred intellectuals' Day Special, Dec 14, 2006


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1971 in International Media Reports

March, 1971

April, 1971

May, 1971

June, 1971

July, 1971

August, 1971

September, 1971

October, 1971

November, 1971

December, 1971




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Freedom in the air is a non-profit project aimed at building a rich repository for all sorts of contents on Bangladesh's Liberation War of 1971. Besides producing exclusive video interviews of war heroes and experts and a turn-by-turn daily interactive calendar of 1971, The Daily Star Online gathered very rare declassified diplomatic cables, the sensational Hamoodur Rahman Commission Report that proved genocide by Pakistan army, significant collection of rarely seen photographs and international newspaper reports. There is an exceptional collection of TV reports, video footages and documentaries which The Daily Star does not own but using with courtesy of the original owners and those who uploaded.