MNA Feature Desk: The nation is observing the Martyred Intellectuals Day on Thursday to commemorate those intellectuals who were killed systematically by the Pakistan occupation army and their local collaborators at the fag-end of the country’s Liberation War in 1971.
On this day in 1971, country’s renowned academicians, doctors, engineers, journalists, artists, teachers and other eminent personalities were dragged out of their homes, blindfolded and taken to unknown places and then brutally tortured and slaughtered.
Their bodies were later dumped at Rayerbazar, Mirpur and some other killing fields in the capital.
President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages to commemorate the Martyred Intellectuals Day.
In his message, President Hamid called upon all to be imbued with the spirit of patriotism of the martyred intellectuals and work together to develop a merit-based nation.
Hasina in her message said in the history of the liberation struggle of the Bangalee nation, Martyred Intellectuals Day is a ‘painful occasion’.
The prime minister said, “I pay deep respect to their memory and express profound sympathies to the bereaved members of their families.”
The political parties, and social and cultural organisations have announced various programmes to observe the day.