Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to the martyred intellectuals by placing wreaths at the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial in Dhaka's Mirpur this morning, marking the Martyred Intellectuals Day.
On behalf of the premier, her Military Secretary Major General Naqib Ahmed Chowdhury placed the floral wreaths around 7:10am to pay homage to the great heroes of the country.
The day is being observed on a limited scale due to fresh surge of Covid-19 cases.
Just two days before the country's final victory for independence, on this day 49 years back, the Pakistani occupation forces with the help of their local collaborators – Razakar, Al-Badr and Al-Shams – killed the most prominent intellectuals of the country.
As many as 200 illustrious personalities, including professors, journalists, doctors, artistes, engineers and writers, were abducted from their respective residences blindfolded during December 10 to 14 in 1971.
They were taken to torture cells at Mirpur, Mohammadpur, Nakhalpara, Rajarbagh and other locations in different parts of the city.
Subsequently they were put to death en masse at different killing grounds, most notably Rayerbazar and Mirpur, in a bid to cripple the newly emerging Bangladesh intellectually.
Those who were exposed to the killers' wrath on December 14, 1971 included Dr Alim Chowdhury and Dr Fazle Rabbi, Shahidullah Kaisar, Sirajuddin Hossain, Nizamuddin Ahmed, SA Mannan, Selina Parveen, and Munier Choudhury.
Since then, the day is being observed as the Martyred Intellectuals Day.