Distinguished journalist and Press Institute of Bangladesh Director General Shah Alamgir passed away at about 10:10am on Thursday.
He breathed his last while undergoing treatment at the Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka.Alamgir, 62, was buried at Uttara Graveyard in sector 12.
President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and opposition leader Hussein Muhammad Ershad, among others, expressed deep shock at the death of Alamgir.
As he fell sick, Alamgir was admitted to CMH on February 21 with multiple complications including diabetes.
Later, he was shifted to ICU (Incentive Care Unit) following deterioration of his condition on February 22.
Alamgir is survived by his wife, one son and one daughter, a host of relatives and well-wishers to mourn his death.
In a condolence message, the President expressed deep shock and sorrow at his death, saying: “The death of Shah Alamgir is an irreparable loss to the field of journalism.”“His morality and ideals would remain a sample for the media workers,” he added.
President Hamid prayed for an eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed profound sympathy to the bereaved family.
In a condolence message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina recalled with profound respect Alamgir’s contributions to the field of journalism, saying his death is an irreparable loss to the field.
The PM added that Shah Alamgir was always vocal in the struggle for realising the rights of the newsmen alongside pursuing journalism.
She prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed profound sympathy to the bereaved family.
Shah Alamgir’s first namaj-e-janaza was held at Goran after Zohr prayers. After the janaza, his body was taken to his workplace, Press Institute of Bangladesh where the second namaj-e-janaza was held.
Later, the body was taken to the National Press Club around 3pm where the third namaj-e-janaja was held.
Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, Awami League Organising Secretary and state minister for shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, Parliamentary Standing Committee chairman on Information Ministry Hasanul Haq Inu, lawmaker Shafiqur Rahman, Information Secretary Abdul Malek, Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha Managing Director and Chief Editor Abul Kalam Azad and the daily observer Editor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury attended the janaza.
Awami League cultural affairs secretary and lawmaker Asim Kumar Ukil and Awami League deputy office secretary Barrister Biplab Barua, among others, were also present on the occasion.
Besides, leaders of JPC, Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ), Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) and journalists, PIB colleagues, friends, relatives and admirers joined the funeral prayer.
Managing Director and Chief Editor of BSS Abul Kalam Azad expressed profound shock at the death of Shah Alamgir.
Editor of daily sun Enamul Hoque Chowdhury and Bangladesh Pratidin Editor Naeem Nizam also mourned the death of Alamgir.
Various socio-political organisations including Communist Party of Bangladesh and Dhaka University, Dhaka Reporters Unity and Chattogram Journalists Association also expressed a deep shock at the death of Shah Alamgir.
Alamgir’s journalism career started from his student life through joining the first weekly Kishore Bangla.
He worked as co-editor here from 1980 to 1984. Then he worked for Dainik Janata, Banglar Bani, daily Azad, daily Sangbad and Prothom Alo from November 1, 1998 to September 2001, and served the newspaper as a joint news editor.
Thereafter, he started working for the television media, i.e. for Channel I as the Chief News Editor, Ekushey Television as Head of News, Jamuna Television as Director (News), and Maasranga Television as the Head of news.
Along with journalism, Alamgir served as the president and general secretary of Dhaka Union of Journalists.