PM stands by ex-MP Yusuf

Staff Correspondent

7th January, 2018 11:19:31 printer

PM stands by

ex-MP Yusuf

Former lawmaker and freedom fighter Mohammad Yusuf was taken to Chittagong Medical College Hospital for treatment on Sunday. – SUN PHOTO

CHITTAGONG: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has extended her helping hands towards ailing freedom fighter Md Yusuf, also a former lawmaker elected from Rangunia constituency in the 1991 general election.

PM’s personal secretary (PS) Sajjadul Hasan, on behalf of the premier, directed the Chittagong DC to take necessary steps for proper treatment of the ailing lawmaker, official sources said.

Chittagong civil surgeon Dr Azizul Islam Siddiqi told the daily sun that as per directive from the DC office they went to the residence of the former lawmaker on Sunday and shifted him to Chittagong Medical College  Hospital.

“He is now undergoing treatment at the Intensive Care Unit under the supervision of a five-member medical board,” he  said.

ADC (General) Mohammad Masukur Rahman too confirmed this to the daily sun.

Mentionable, Md Yusuf has been suffering from various diseases, including old age complications since 2007.

News and pictures of the miserable condition of the ailing lawmaker went viral through social media facebook over the last few days.

Being informed about him, the prime minister took a prompt action for treatment of the freedom fighter as well as the former lawmaker.      

Md Yusuf was elected a member of parliament (MP) from Rangunia constituency with CPB ticket (boat symbol) under an alliance led by the Awami League in the fifth general elections in 1991.  

He had defeated NDP candidate Gias Uddin Quader Chowdhury, the brother of executed war criminal Salauddin Quader Chowdhury.

The lawmaker joined the AL after the elections.

Being a member of Bangladesh Chhatra Union, he got involved in politics before the country’s Libration War. At that time, he was a student of intermediate class at Rangunia College.

After the country’s independence, he joined the Karnaphuli Jute Mills as a class three employee in 1973. As a CPB leader, he was always vocal for establishment of workers’ rights.

The 67-year-old freedom fighter is a confirmed bachelor and has been living with his younger brother, Md Sekandar, in Rangunia upazila town. 

Sekander runs a tea stall to look after his brother.

Following a heart attack in 2007, Yusuf got paralysed.

As freedom fighter, he regularly gets state allowance, but he did not get financial assistance from the government for his treatment until and unless the prime minister intervened, family sources said.