People from different walks of life on Tuesday paid rich tributes to Ajoy Roy, physicist and freedom fighter, also the father of slain popular science writer Avijit Roy.
The body of Ajoy Roy was kept on Central Shaheed Minar premises around 11:30pm for the people to pay their respects. He received a guard of honour as a Freedom Fighter in the 1971 Liberation War.He died at the age of 84 in BIRDEM Hospital in Dhaka on Monday afternoon.
On November 25, he was admitted to the hospital with fever and breathing problems and was on artificial ventilation since November 27, doctors at BIRDEM said.
He breathed his last at about 12:35pm at the intensive care unit of the hospital, BIRDEM hospital director Shahidul Hoque Mallik said. He is survived by a son and a daughter.
Born on March 1, 1935 in Dinajpur, Ajoy retired as a professor of physics from Dhaka University in 2009.
A noted human rights activist and a freethinker of Bangladesh, he was awarded with Ekushe Padak in 2012 for his outstanding contribution in the field of education.