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14 December, 2019 12:23:01 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 14 December, 2019 01:19:16 PM
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Full list of martyred intellectuals not yet

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Abu Jakir, Dhaka
Full list of martyred intellectuals not yet

The nation honours the martyred intellectuals of 1971 by observing Martyred Intellectuals' Day every year. But even after 48 years of independence, the government still lacks a final list of the intellectuals who were the victims of targeted killing in the final hours of the 1971 Liberation War. Just two days ahead of the country’s victory on this day 48 years ago, the marauding Pakistan army, in collusion with their local collaborators—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. The martyred included university teachers, journalists, litterateurs, and doctors who were targeted not only because of their work in their own fields, but also for their firm commitment to Bengali nationalism and Bangladesh.

Speaking with The Independent yesterday, Liberation War affairs minister AKM Mozammel Haque said: “We have been working on this. We need more time to prepare the final list of martyred intellectuals of the country as it is a massive task. There is also controversy about some of the names. That's we are taking some time to prepare the list,” he said. “I hope we can release the final list soon,” he said, adding that these intellectuals were the brightest sons and daughters of the soil who were respected by the nation.

According to Banglapedia, around 991 academics, 13 journalists, 49 physicians, 42 lawyers, and 16 other intellectuals were killed during the war. Among them were journalists Serajuddin Hossain, Syed Najmul Haque, ANM Golam Mostafa, Nizam Uddin Ahmed, Selina Parvin, and Shahidullah Kaiser, Dhaka University professors Giasuddin Ahmed, Sirajul Haque Khan, Dr Abul Khayer, Dr Faizul Mohiuddin, Rashidul Hasan, Anwar Pasha, Santosh Chandra Bhattacharyya, Munier Chowdhury, and Mofazzal Haidar Choudhury, and physicians Mohammad Martuza and Fazle Rabbi.

On the eve of Martyred Intellectuals’ Day, family members of the martyred intellectuals

called on the government to recognise these luminous citizens of the country as freedom fighters. Family members of some of the martyred intellectuals said they were eagerly waiting for the recognition.

“It is shameful for the nation that the government is yet to prepare a final list of the country’s brightest sons and daughters who sacrificed their lives for the country’s independence,” Shaon Mahmud, daughter of martyred freedom fighter Altaf Mahmud, told The Independent yesterday.

She said it was unfortunate that even 48 years after independence, the martyred intellectuals had not been recognised as freedom fighters, and their names had not been included in any government record. She also said that many families of the martyred intellectuals needed financial assistance. “If their names are in the government record, they can get some financial help from the government,” she added.

Shaheed Altaf Mahmud had played a key role in many glorious cultural and political movements of Bangladesh. Dr Nuzhat Chaudhury, daughter of martyred intellectual Abdul Alim Chaudhury, told The Independent that his family had been waiting for state recognition. “I hope the government will recognise the martyred intellectuals as freedom fighters and make a list of them because this is the government of pro-liberation forces,” she said. However, the Liberation War affairs minister said that the government did not have any immediate plan to confer the freedom fighter status on the martyred individuals.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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