Dhaka – Senior Awami League leader and former mayor of south-eastern Chittagong city ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury died at a hospital on Friday, the party said. He was 74.
Chowdhury, who was also the president of Chittagong unit of the ruling Awami League party, breathed his last early in the morning at Max Hospital in the city.
One of the organizers of Bangladesh’s liberation war, Chowdhury had been undergoing treatment at the hospital as he suffered ailments related to heart and kidney for a long time. He was put on life support on Thursday.
“He felt discomfort during the dialysis. We put him on life support at the intensive care unit in the evening,” said Dr Liakat Ali of MAX Hospital.
The AL veteran left two sons, two daughters, wife and a host of relatives, friends, well-wishers and huge political fellows.
Hundreds of thousands of people turned up to the funeral prayers at the city’s Laldighi ground before he was buried at family graveyard at city’s Chasma hill.
Chowdhury was one of the favourate politicians in the port city for a long time.
President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader expressed shock at the demise of the popular leader.
Chowdhury was elected city mayor for three times.
The death of Chowdhury cast a pall of gloom in political, cultural and social arenas in the city and elsewhere in the district.
As the news spread, leaders of different political parties, their front organizations, professional bodies rushed to his Chasma hill residence.
Meanwhile, leaders of city AL, Chittagong south and north districts, its front organizations, including Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, MP, city Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin and former Minister Afsarul Amin, MP visited his residence this morning, according to a Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency.