BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Sunday paid rich tributes to the martyred intellectuals at the Martyred Intellectuals Mausoleum at Mirpur in the city on the occasion of the Martyred Intellectuals Day.
Khaleda, flanked by her party leaders and workers, placed a wreath at the mausoleum at about 9:50 am.
She stood in solemn silence there for some time there to pay respects to the sacrifices of the martyred intellectuals.
BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Barrister Moudud Ahmed, Mk Anwar, Mirza Abbas and Dhaka city BNP member secretary Habib-un-Nabi Khan, among other senior party leaders, accompanied Khaleda.
Earlier in the day, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid tributes to the martyred intellectuals at the Martyred Intellectuals Mausoleum.
On this day in 1971, just two days before the country earned its victory, Pakistani occupation forces and their local collaborators killed the great sons of the soil with an evil motive to cripple the emerging Bangladesh intellectually.
While, BNP yesterday alleged that the current Awami League government has shattered the dream of the martyred intellectuals by annihilating democracy.
“The martyred intellectuals who had sacrificed their lives for the country had a dream of build a prosperous and democratic Bangladesh, but Awami League has spoilt their dream by annihilating democracy,” said BNP spokesperson Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
He came up with the remarks while talking to reporters at the Martyred Intellectuals Mausoleum at the city’s Mirpur.
Fakhrul, also the acting secretary general of BNP, said they are working hard together with people for restoring democracy.
He said they are on a democratic movement to realize people’s demand for restoring democracy and establish their rights. “Our movement will surely be successful as no democratic movement in the world never turned futile.”
The BNP leader alleged that the government has failed to contain extrajudicial killings, forced disappearances and state-sponsored terrorism.
“There has been extra-judicial killing and forced disappearance spree like that of 1971. As the current government is an unelected and illegal one, it has failed to stop these,” he further alleged.
Khaleda pays tributes to martyred intellectuals Martyred intellectuals’ dream shattered: BNP