Former Law Minister Abdul Matin Khasru, also president of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), was laid to eternal rest beside his parents at their family graveyard in his village at Brahamanpara upazila in Cumilla district on Thursday.
Matin Khasru was also a ruling party lawmaker from Cumilla-5 constituency and a member of Awami League Presidium.He was buried after his fifth namaz-e-janaza on Mirpur Govt Primary School playground in his village after Asr prayer. His fourth janaza was held at Brahamanpara high school playground. His third janaza was held after Johr prayer at Burichang in Cumilla.
Earlier, after his first janaza on Alia Madrasha premises at Bakshibazar, second janaza was held at Supreme Court premises in the capital.
In the second janaza, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, Law Minister Anisul Huq, Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim, LGRD Minister M Tajul Islam, Attorney General AM Amin Uddin, DSCC Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh, AL joint general secretary Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif, BNP joint secretary general AM Mahbub Uddin Khokon, different political party leaders, lawyers and people from different professions also took part in the namaj-e janaza.
Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA General Secretary M Ruhul Kuddus Kazal, who moderated the Janaza, highlighted various sides of Khasru’s rich political life. Abdul Monem Wasif, Khasru’s only son, also sought doa from the people for his father’s eternal peace.
After the janaza, state guard of honour was also paid to the valiant freedom fighter Khasru on behalf of the Dhaka district administration. People of all strata paid respect to him during this time.
Wreaths were also placed on behalf of various persons and organisations at the coffin of Khasru. Among them are: President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Chief Justice, Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Ministry of Law, Attorney General Office, Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA, Awami League, Bangabandhu Awami Ainjibi Parishad and Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi forum.On April 14, Khasru died at the age of 71 while undergoing treatment at the Combined Military Hospital, in Dhaka where he had been receiving corona treatment since March 16.
Earlier, he was moved to a cabin on March 31 when his condition had improved. On April 1, his Covid-19 test result came negative but suddenly his physical condition deteriorated. He left behind wife, a son, a daughter, a host of relatives and well wishers to mourn his death.
Dignitaries from various organisations expressed their condolences for the seasoned politician.
In his condolence message, President Abdul Hamid said the nation will always remember Matin Khasru’s contribution to the abolishment of the Indemnity Ordinance paving the way for the trial of the killers of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
In a condolence message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Khasru as a learned lawyer and leader of mass people will live forever in the heart of the people.
“He contributed significantly in the ascension of the country’s law and judicial system,” she said.
Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, cabinet members, including Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, Law Minister Anisul Huq, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, Railways Minister M Nurul Islam Sujan, Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury, Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin, Posts and Telecommunication Minister Mustafa Jabbar, Health Minister Md Zahid Maleque, Social Welfare Minister Nuruzzaman Ahmed, Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni, Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim and Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmed also mourned the death of the noted lawyer.
Besides, State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid, State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Md Mahbub Ali, State Minister for Information Dr Murad Hasan, State Minister for Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) Swapan Bhattacharjee, State Minister for Social Welfare Ashraf Ali, State Minister for Labour and Employment Monnujan Sufian, State Minister for Youth and Sports Md Zahid Ahsan Russel and ICT State Minister Zunaid Ahmad Palak also expressed deep shock and sorrow in separate condolence messages at the death of Khasru.
In separate condolence messages, Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh, Awami League Advisory Council Member and Central 14-Party Alliance spokesperson Amir Hossain Amu, Jatiya Party Chairman and Deputy Leader of the Opposition Golam Mohammad Quader and FBCCI president Sheikh Fazle Fahim, among others, also expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of Khasru.
Due to sad demise of the noted lawyer, the judicial activities at the apex court have been postponed. Khasru was elected president of Supreme Court Lawyers Association on March 13. Khasru became top national leader in the politics from the grass root level.
Khasru had been elected parliament members for five times from Cumilla-5 (Burichang-Brahmanpara) constituency and he was the member of parliament of the seat till his death.
Khasru started his law profession at Cumilla Judge Court in 1978. He had been practicing regularly at Bangladesh Supreme Court since 1982 and it continued till his death. He became law minister of the Awami League-led government during 1996 to 2001 period. He was a law secretary of the Awami League for long time.