MNA Feature Desk: The country has paid tribute to martyred intellectuals on Martyred Intellectuals Day with memorizing them who were victims of a brutal military regime on December 14, 1971.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to the martyred intellectuals. Sheikh Hasina paid homage by placing a wreath at the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial in Rayerbazar area in the city.
Members of the cabinet, ministers, the mayors of Dhaka North and Dhaka South City Corporations, the chiefs of the three services as well as high civil and military officials were present.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia also paid tributes to intellectuals by placing wreaths at the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial at Mirpur.
BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, BNP standing committee members Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Dr Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan, among others, were present.
Several political parties, social and cultural organizations and ordinary citizens also gathered at the Memorial to honor the intellectuals who were murdered in the killing fields of Rayerbazar in the very last days of the War of Independence.
On the night of 14 December in 1971, over 200 intellectuals including professors, journalists, doctors, artistes, engineers, and writers were picked up and killed in Dhaka by the Pakistani occupation forces, aided by their local collaborators.