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Shahjahan Siraj passes away

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 06:19 PM, 14 July 2020   Updated: 06:48 PM, 14 July 2020

Shahjahan Siraj passes away

Shahjahan Siraj passes away

Four-time former MP and one of the organizers of the declaration of the liberation war, reader of Manifesto of Independence, Shahjahan Siraj has died (Inna Lillali Wa Inna Ilahi Raziun). He was 77.

He died at the capital's Ever Care Hospital (formerly Apollo) around 3:30 pm on Tuesday. Shahjahan Siraj was born on March 1, 1943, in Kalihati, Tangail.

Apart from his wife, Siraj has left behind a son and a daughter, alongside other relatives and well-wishers to mourn his death.

Shahjahan Siraj entered into student politics in 1962 through the movement against the Hamidur Rahman Education Commission. At that time he was a student of Government Saadat College in Karatia, Tangail. Then he came up in student politics through Chhatra League. He was twice elected VP of the Chhatra Sangsad of Kortia Sadat College in 1964-65 and 1966-67. 

As an active student leader, he participated in the 11-point movement and the mass uprising of 1969. He then served as the general secretary of the undivided Chhatra League for the period 1970-72. He was an activist of 'Swadhin Bangla Biplobi Parishad' (also known as Nucleus) and leader of Chhatra Sangram Parishad.

After the liberation war, he took a stand for the formation of an all-party socialist government and played a role in the formation of the Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD), which was the first opposition party in independent Bangladesh. Shahjahan Siraj was the founding assistant general secretary of JSD. He was later elected president of the JSD. He was elected MP from Tangail-4 constituency 3 times under the banner of JSD. 

Shahjahan Siraj was one of the organizers of the liberation war of Bangladesh. He was one of the so-called 'four caliphs' during the war of liberation.

On 1 March 1971, he played a leading role in the formation of Swadhin Bangla Chhatra Sangram Parishad along with student leaders like Sirajul Alam Khan, Sheikh Fazlul Haque, Abdur Razzak, Tofail Ahmed, Abdul Quddus Makhan, Noor Alam Siddiqui, and ASM Abdur Rob.

ASM Abdur Rob hoisted the flag of independent Bangladesh on 2 March 1971 at Battala of Dhaka University. From there it was planned to read the Declaration of Independence the next day. According to the decision, on March 3, 1971, Shahjahan Siraj read out the Declaration of Independence in front of Bangabandhu at a student meeting at Paltan Maidan. When the war started, he also served as the commander of 'Bangladesh Liberation Force' (BLF) or Mujib Bahini during the liberation war.