Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday expressed deep shock at the death of poet, columnist, translator and journalist Belal Chowdhury, UNB reports.
In a condolence message the prime minister said the Ekushey prize winner poet made his place in the heart of the people through his poems.
"He was a pioneer in journalism," she added.
She said that write-ups of Belal Chowdhury will give encouragement to the people of the country.
The prime minister prayed for the eternal salvation of the departed soul and expressed sympathy to the bereaved family.