President Md Abdul Hamid has paid rich tributes in a solemn manner to the martyred intellectuals by placing wreath at the Martyred Intellectuals’ Mausoleum at Mirpur in Dhaka on Thursday morning.
The President placed the wreath in the memorial museum at around 7:05 am to show his heartfelt homage to the great heroes, who sacrificed their lives for the cause of the country and the nation.
Abdul Hamid stood in solemn silence there for some time as the bugle played the last post.
Following the tributes, the President talked to the war-wounded freedom fighters and their family members there.
He also inquired about their wellbeing.
During the time, ministers including Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Deputy Speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah, local MPs were present.
Renowned academics, doctors, engineers, journalists, teachers and other eminent personalities were dragged out of their homes, blindfolded, and then brutally tortured and slaughtered on the day in 1971.
Their bodies were later dumped at Rayerbazar, Mirpur and some other killing fields in the capital.
Sensing an imminent defeat, the Pakistani occupation army and their local collaborators carried out the cold-blooded mass murders systematically, in order to cripple and deprive the emerging Bangladesh from the greatest minds.
Among the martyred intellectuals are Prof Muneir 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 Khandaker Abu Taleb, Nizamuddin Ahmed, SA Mannan (Ladu Bhai), ANM Golam Mustafa, Syed Nazmul Haq and Selina Parvin.