Martyred Intellectuals’ Memorial Monument, Mirpur, Dhaka.
14th December, the Martyred Intellectuals Day. The intellectuals of Bangladesh were brutally killed a couple of days before the final victory of the Liberation War in 1971. Pakistani military aided by their local collaborators (known as Razakaars) most notably the Al-Badr and Al-Shams, systematically executed over 200 of East Pakistan’s (formar name of Bangladesh) intellectuals and scholars. Professors, journalists, doctors, artists, engineers, and writers were rounded up in Dhaka, blindfolded, taken to torture cells in Mirpur, Mohammadpur, Nakhalpara, Rajarbagh and other locations in different sections of the city and executed en masse, most notably at Rayerbazar and Mirpur.
Our history can’t be fulfilled without them. They were the brightest sons of Bangladesh who died for the freedom of our motherland. We’ll never forget them. They’ll exist in our heart as long as Bangladesh exists. They are our hero.