PV Desk : The nation is set to observe the Martyred Intellectuals’ Day todayin a befitting manner.
On this day 46 years ago, on the eve of the nation’s victory, the marauding Pakistan army in collusion with their local quislings – the Al-Badr, Al-Shams and Razakars – killed the most prominent intellectuals of the country in a bid to cripple the newly emerging nation of Bangladesh.
A memorial erected in memory of the martyred intellectuals at Mirpur in the capital has been readied as national leaders and people from all walks of life will offer tributes by placing wreaths there.
The Pakistani troops and their Bengali-speaking collaborators belonging to Razakar or other auxiliary forces killed a number of intelligentsia throughout the nine-month long Liberation War.
But they visibly engaged the infamous Gestapo like Al-Badr and Al-Shams forces on December 14, 1971, just two days ahead of the final victory, to carry out a systematic campaign to murder the most regarded academics and professionals like doctors, engineers and journalists visibly to expose the newborn nation to a state of brainlessness.
The then Bangladesh government and victorious freedom fighters, however, came to know about their last brutal massacre only after the December 16, 1971 surrender by the Pakistani troops when their top accomplices mostly belonging to Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing went into hiding to resurface years later.