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Martyred Intellectuals Day today

Update : 14 Dec 2022, 10:02

The nation is observing the Martyred Intellectuals’ Day today in a befitting manner. On this day in 1971, Pakistani army with the help of their accomplices picked up educationists, litterateurs, journalists, physicians and cultural activists from their houses, took them blindfolded to the killing grounds and staged one of the history’s worst pogroms.

The martyrs included Prof Munier Chowdhury, Dr Alim Chowdhury, Prof Muniruzzaman, Dr Fazle Rabbi, Sirajuddin Hossain, Shahidullah Kaiser, Prof GC Dev, JC Guha Thakurta, Prof Santosh Bhattacharya, Mofazzal Haider Chowdhury, journalists Nizamuddin Ahmed, Khandaker Abu Taleb, SA Mannan (Ladu Bhai), ANM Golam Mustafa, Syed Nazmul Haq and Selina Parvin.

The national flag will be hoisted at half-mast along with black flags today across the country.

President Md Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina in separate messages on the eve of the day recalled the contributions of the slain intellectuals.

To mark the day, different socio-cultural and political organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes, including seminars, and discussions in addition to placing wreaths at the memorials at Mirpur and Rayerbazar.

From 8:30am on the day, people from all walks of life will offer wreaths at the Intellectual Memorial.

Different television and radio channels will hold special discussions on the occasion of Martyred Intellectuals Day highlighting the significance of the day.

Discussions will be held at all district and upazila levels of the country while all mosques, temples, churches, pagodas, and other places of worship will offer special prayers marking the day.

Marking the day, different political parties have chalked out various programmes.

The ruling Awami League will hoist a black flag at the party’s Bangabandhu Avenue central office and Bangabandhu Bhaban in the city’s Dhanmondi and other offices of the party across the country at dawn and will keep the national and party flags at half-mast.

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