Today is December 14, Martyred Intellectuals Day. On this day in 1971, the occupying Pakistani forces and their accomplices Razakar Al-Badr, Al-Shamsra killed the best intellectuals of Bengal. Just two days after the killing of intellectuals, on December 16, the barbaric Pakistani forces led by General Niazi surrendered and Bangladesh emerged as an independent country.
A national program has been taken to celebrate Martyred Intellectuals Day with due dignity. President at 7:05 am and Prime Minister at 7:06 am will lay wreath at Mirpur Shaheed Intellectuals Memorial.
Led by the Minister of Liberation War, the family members of the martyred intellectuals and the war wounded and present brave freedom fighters will lay wreaths at the Mirpur Intellectuals Memorial at 7:22 am and at Ray’s Bazaar Massacre Memorial at 8:30 am on the same day. Apart from this, people from all walks of life will lay wreaths at the intellectual memorial from 8:30 am.
Three million people were martyred in 1971. Among them, the selective killing of intellectuals is of special significance. They were martyred as part of a far-reaching plan. The invading Pakistani forces, knowing that their defeat was imminent, made this plan to kill intellectuals to demoralize the Bengali nation.
Basanti Guhthakurta, the wife of Shaheed Jyotirmoy Guhthakurta of Dhaka University, wrote in one of her books, “The drawing of blue lines started before March 17, 1971, after the referendum on December 17, 1970, or even after the mass movement of 1979, or after the language movement of the fifty-two years.” In 1971 they planned to go to war. Not war, just killing unarmed people. First, they were killed indiscriminately, then the rich, businessmen, and intellectuals were selectively killed in the cities and villages and thrown into the canals. Many think disaster is imminent, defeat is imminent—then they execute the plan. Enlisted intellectuals were blindfolded and killed. They planned to darken the future of independent Bangladesh in this way. ‘
The judgment of many people involved in the killing of war criminals and intellectuals in 1971 has been executed. Among them, many accused of crimes against humanity have been sentenced to death. Jamaat’s Assistant Secretary General Abdul Quader Mollah’s death sentence has been executed. Another leader of the Jamaat. The death sentence of Kamaruzzaman and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, one of the masterminds of the intellectual murder, has been executed. On May 11, 2016, Jamaat Amir Matiur Rahman Nizami, the leader of the assassin Albadar Force, who executed the blueprint for killing intellectuals, was hanged.
During the war of liberation, with the help of this native Dosor Al-Badr of Pakistan, teachers, journalists, doctors, cultural workers and other prominent people were kidnapped from Dhaka University campus and other places. Later they were killed in Rayerbazar and Mirpur with excruciating pain. These two places are now preserved as slaughterhouses.
Between 10 and 14 December in the last days of the liberation war, Al-Badr forces captured many more intellectuals and killed them in Rayerbazar slaughterhouse and Mirpur cemetery after torture at Al-Badr base established in Mohammadpur Physical Training Institute.
Martyred intellectuals include Professor Munir Chowdhury, Dr. Alim Chowdhury, Professor Muniruzzaman, Dr. Fazle Rabbi, Siraj Uddin Hossain, Shahidullah Kaiser, Professor GC Dev, Jyotirmoy Guha Thakurta, Professor Santosh Bhattacharya, Mofazzal Haider Chowdhury, Professor Ghiyas Uddin, Professor Anwar Pasha, Professor Rashidul Hasan, Dr. Abul Khair, Dr. Murtaza, journalist Khandaker Abu Taher, Nizamuddin Ahmed, SA Mannan (Ladu Bhai), ANM Ghulam Mostafa, Syed Nazmul Haque, Selina Parveen and many others.
Meanwhile, on the occasion of the day, President Md. Sahabuddin and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will deliver the message. Special prayers and prayers will be offered in all mosques, temples, churches, pagodas and other places of worship.