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Tofail Ahmed’s condition ‘stable’ at Delhi hospital

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 3rd September, 2021 08:14:45 PM
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The health condition of veteran politician and former minister Tofail Ahmed remains stable and he is undergoing some medical check-ups for further treatment.

“His health condition is stable…we kept him at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for further observation,” said Dr Arun Garg, Head of Neurology Department at Medanta Multi Super Speciality Hospital in Gurgaon, Haryana, about 9 Km away from New Delhi.

Dr Garg said he along with his team inspected the ailing leader and asked for doing some medical check-ups. 

“Nothing to be worried, hopefully we would be able to send him cabin bed by tomorrow, if everything goes well,” he added.

Quoting a source at the Medanta Hospital, where Tofail Ahmed was admitted on Friday, our New Delhi correspondent reports that the hospital authority has formed a medical board of senior cardiologists and neurologists headed by Dr Arun Garg.

Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Muhammad Imran and other high commission officials visited the hospital to see Tofail Ahmed and inquired about the update of the veteran Awami League leader’s treatment. 

According to a diplomat, Tofail Ahmed expressed his gratitude to people of Bangladesh for praying for him and wishing his speedy recovery.

Earlier, Awami League advisory council member Tofail Ahmed, who recently suffered a stroke, was flown to India for advanced medical treatment on Friday morning by an air ambulance as regular flight with the neighbouring country is yet to resume.

He had been receiving treatment at Dhaka’s Square Hospital since August 30, according to his personal aide Abul Khayer. 

“He has been having some problems related to cardiology and neurology. He was taken to hospital on August 30 after his condition deteriorated. He had suffered a mild stroke,” Khayer said.

Tofail had previously undergone an annuloplasty at the Delhi hospital.

The 77-year-old former commerce minister has been elected to parliament on five occasions and is currently representing the Bhola-1 constituency.

Tofail Ahmed was the minister for commerce and industries 1996 to 1999. He continued as the industries minister upto 2001. He was also a minister for housing and public works and industries during the election time government before the tenth parliamentary polls. Later, he served as the commerce minister from 2014 to 2018.  

Tofail Ahmed, one of the key organizers of the War of Liberation, is one of the most influential and renowned political leaders in the country. He was a close aide and follower of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

He, as the Ducsu Vice President and Sarbadaliya Chhatra Sangram Parishad Convenor, bestowed the title ‘Bangabandhu’ on Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on February 23 in 1969 in a historic mammoth rally at Race Course Maidan (now Suhrawarady Udyan) when the iconic leader was freed from  Agartala Conspiracy Case.

He emerged as a legendary student leader in late 1960s when Bengali nationalist movement reached to its peak under Bangabandhu’s leadership, resulting in independent Bangladesh.

Tofail Ahmed, one of the most regarded vice presidents of Dhaka University Students Union in the pre-independence period, served as the political secretary of Bangabandhu in post-independent Bangladesh.

After the brutal assassination of Bangabandhu and most of his family members on August 15, 1975, he spent about 5 years in jails of Dhaka, Mymensingh, Sylhet, Cumilla, Barishal, Kushtia and Rajshahi.