Language Movement veteran and leftist Muhammad Takiullah has passed away on Thursday at a hospital in the capital. He was 91 years old.
The language hero breathed his last at 11.10am on Thursday at a Dhaka hospital, said the family.
Shanta Maria, daughter of Takiullah, told that he was admitted to the Square Hospital with lung infections last month and was put on life support on Monday.
Takiullah is the fourth son of legendary Bengali linguist Dr Muhammad Shahidullah.
Takiullah reformed the Bangla calendar ‘Promita Bangla Barshapanji’ which Bangladesh follows at present.
He holds copyright of rare snapshots of the initial part of the Language Movement in 1948 found till date.
The leftist politician spent multiple terms behind bars between 1951 and 1964.
He has been involved with the communist movement since the 1940s. He became the general secretary of the Dhaka committee of the Communist Party in 1951.
His younger brother Murtoza Bashir is a well-known artist. His son Ahmed Yousuf Abbas is Assistant General Manager at the Agrani Bank and daughter Maria is Features Editor at daily Amader Shomoy.
The family said the mortal remains was taken to the Communist Party offices on Thursday before the first namaz-e-janaza at the Dhaka University Central Mosque in the afternoon.
Later, he was buried at Babupura graveyard in Nilkhet following another funeral prayer later in the day.