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Cumilla AL leader Afzal dies of corona

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  • 17 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Cumilla AL leader Afzal dies of corona

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Freedom fighter Afzal Khan, former general secretary of Cumilla South District Awami League, died of Covid-19 in a city hospital on Tuesday. He was 76.

He left behind his wife, daughter Anjum Sultana Sima, a lawmaker from women’s reserved seat, three sons, and a host of relatives and well wishers to mourn his death.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock at the death of Afzal Khan.

She also prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family members.

He will be laid to eternal rest at his family graveyard following his two namaz-e-janazas at Thakurpara Khanbari area at 11 am and at Cumilla Town Hall ground after Zuhr prayers today.

Afzal Khan was born on February 10 in 1945 in Thakurpara area of Cumilla city and he was elected as Vice-President from the Chhatra League panel of Cumilla Victoria Government College in 1965.

He took part in the six-point movement of ’66, the mass uprising of ’69 and the elections of 1970 and was one of the organisers of Liberation War.

In 1973, Afzal Khan was elected as vice-chairman of Cumilla Municipality. He was also the president and general secretary of Awami League’s Cumilla city unit.

Afzal Khan was elected as the chairman of Cumilla Sadar Upazilla Parishad in 1990 and general secretary of Cumilla South District Awami League in 1995.

He became the coordinator of the 14-party Cumilla district branch in 2006 and the joint convener of Cumilla South District Awami League in 2008.

Afzal Khan was defeated after contesting for the mayoral post in Cumilla City Corporation election in 2012.

He was the chairman of Bangladesh Cooperative Bank, president of Cumilla Industries and Merchants Association and vice-president of Bangladesh Red Crescent Society.

He also received several prizes for his contribution in cooperative movement and tree plantation.