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Tributes paid to Bangabandhu

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Staff reporter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday morning paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreath at the portrait of the great leader on the premises of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum marking the Martyred Intellectuals Day. After placing a wreath, she stood there for some time as a mark of respects to the father of the nation. The cabinet members were present during that time. Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Awami League, flanked by senior leaders of her party, placed another wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu. Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Commerce Minister Tofael Ahmed, AL Advisory Council member Suranjit Sen Gupta MP, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, Prime Minister’s Security Affairs Adviser Major General (Retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddique, State Minister for ICT Yeafesh Osman, former Minister Abdul Matin Khasru, Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Captain (Retd) AB Tajul Islam, AL Organizing Secretary Ahmad Hossain and PM's Special Assistant Abdus Sobhan Golap were present. The nation is observing the Martyred Intellectuals’ Day today paying rich tributes to a galaxy of intellectuals systematically killed at the fag end of the Liberation War in 1971 to cripple the Bengalis aspiring nationhood. Renowned academics, doctors, engineers, journalists, teachers and other eminent personalities were dragged out of their residences, blindfolded, and taken to unknown places to be brutally tortured and slaughtered. Their bodies were later dumped at Rayerbazar, Mirpur and some other killing fields in the capital. The cold-blooded mass murders were carried out under a carefully thought-out plan to cripple the emerging Bangladesh intellectually, as the Pakistani occupation army and their local collaborators sensed an imminent defeat.