Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury laid to rest beside wife’s grave...

Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury laid to rest beside wife’s grave

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 09:38 PM, 28 May 2022  

Language Movement veteran and prominent columnist Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury was laid to rest at 5 pm beside the grave of his wife Selima Afroz Chowdhury at Mirpur Martyred Intellectual Graveyard in the capital on Saturday

Language Movement veteran and prominent columnist Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury was laid to rest at 5 pm beside the grave of his wife Selima Afroz Chowdhury at Mirpur Martyred Intellectual Graveyard in the capital on Saturday

Language Movement veteran and prominent columnist Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury was laid to rest today at Mirpur Martyred Intellectual Graveyard in the capital. 

He was buried at 5 pm beside the grave of his wife Selima Afroz Chowdhury following his last Namaz-e-Janaza was held at Jatiya Press Club (JPC) at 4 pm on Saturday. 

Chairman of Jatiya Party Anwar Hossain Manju, MP, Awami League Presidium Member Advocate Jahangir Kabir Nanak, former JPC President Shafiqur Rahman, MP, Awami League Joint General Secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim Helal, former JPC President Saiful Alam, Chief Executive of Ekattor television Mozammel Babu, Editor of the daily Bangladesh Protidin Nayeem Nizam, Cultural Personality Nasir Uddin Yusuf Bacchu, journalists and cultural personalities, among others, attended the Namaz-e-Janaza. 

People from all walks of life have paid glowing tributes to Language Movement veteran, prominent columnist and journalist Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury at the Central Shaheed Minar in the capital.

Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury’s body was taken to the Central Shaheed Minar at around 1 pm to allow the people to have the last glimpse of this famous journalist and columnist.

The 88-year-old Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury - best known for writing the lyrics of “Amar Bhaier Rokte Rangano” died at a hospital in the UK on May 19. His body was brought by air to Dhaka this morning.

He received a “guard of honour” as a Bir Freedom Fighter while a moment of silence was observed to commemorate his passing.

Then the Shaheed Minar filled with the sound of his song “Amar Bhaiyer Rokte Rangano Ekushey February Ami Ki Bhulite Pari?” (My Brother’s Blood-Spattered 21 February Can I forget the twenty-first of February incarnadined by the love of my brother?) as a tribute both to its lyricist and the brave Language Martyrs.

On behalf of President M Abdul Hamid, his Military Secretary Major General SM Salahuddin Islam and on behalf of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, her Military Secretary Brigadier General Kabir Ahmed paid glowing tributes to Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury by placing wreaths on his coffin. 

Then, the speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury paid tribute to him by placing a wreath.

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader, Presidium Members Matia Chowdhury, Nurul Islam Nahid, Dr. Md. Abdur Razzak, Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman on behalf of Awami League President Sheikh Hasina placed a wreath on his coffin.

Among others, Awami League joint general secretaries Mahbubul-Alam Hanif and Dr Dipu Moni and office secretary Barrister Biplab Barua were present on the occasion.

On behalf of the 14-party alliance, Workers Party president Rashed Khan Menon, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (Jasad), Bangladesh Samajtantrik Dal (Basad), Workers Party of Bangladesh, National Awami Party (NAP) and different affiliated organizations of AL including Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) paid their tributes.

On behalf of Dhaka University led by its Vice-Chancellor Dr Akhtaruzzamn and Pro-VC ASM Maksud Kamal and on behalf of Bangla Academy, Swadhinata and Ekushey Padak winning writer Selina Hossain paid tributes to the columnist.

Besides, Bangladesh Police Service Association, Sector Commanders Forum, Bangladesh Asiatic Society, Bangladesh Kabita Parishad, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Press Institute Bangladesh (PIB) and different socio-cultural organizations paid their tributes to Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury.

Later, his body was taken to the premises of the Dhaka University Central Mosque where his second Namaz-e-Janaza was held.

Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury’s body arrived in Dhaka on Saturday morning.

A Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight (BG-202), carrying the body of Chowdhury, also the eminent writer and journalist, reached Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital at 10:57 am. 

Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, on government’s behalf, formally received the body at the airport at 11:15 am, ministry sources said.

Agriculture Minister Dr Md Abdur Razzaque, Railway Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujan, State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Md Mahbub Ali, State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid, Awami League Presidium Member Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary Md Mokammel Hossain, Bangladesh High Commissioner in London Saida Muna Tasneem, who arrived in Dhaka from London by same flight, Office Secretary of the Bangladesh Awami League and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Biplob Barua and officials of various ministries and Bangladesh Biman were also present at that time.

Noted that on May 19, Gaffar Chowdhury, also a lyricist, breathed his last at Barnet Hospital in London, UK at the age of 88. He was suffering from various old age complications.

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