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Shahid Jaya Mushtari Shafi laid to rest

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 23 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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Shahid Jaya Mushtari Shafi laid to rest

CHATTOGRAM: Shahid Jaya Begum Mushtari Shafi was laid to eternal rest at Chaitannya Goli Graveyard in the city’s Station Road area on Wednesday afternoon.

Earlier, her body was kept at Chattogram Shaheed Minar where hundreds of people from all walks of life thronged to pay last tributes.

She was also given a guard of honour by the state there.  People commemorated her contribution in the country’s liberation war placing floral wreaths at her coffin. After placing tribute to Mushtari Shafi, Chittagong University (CU) Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Shireen Akhter said Mushtari led different democratic movements even after the liberation war.

Deputy Education Minister Mahibul Hasan Chowdhury Nawfel, Chattogram City Mayor M Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, former CCC Administrator Khorshed Alam Sujan, Muktijoddha Sangsad, City AL, CPB, Projonmo 71, Ekattorer Ghatok Dalal Nirmul committee, Sacheton Nagorik Committee, Shilpakala Academy, Khelaghor and District Administration placed floral wreaths at her coffin, among others.

Her body was taken to the Jamiatul Falah National Mosque Premises for namaz-e-janaza after Zuhr prayers. Later, she was buried at the Chaitannya Goli Graveyard in the afternoon. Begum Mushtari Shafi passed away at Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka on Monday afternoon at the age of 84.

She was undergoing treatment at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital. The noted writer was suffering from various complications including kidney and blood infections.

She suffered a massive heart attack at 4:00 pm and on-duty doctors declared her dead at 5:10 pm on the day.

During the Liberation War on April 7, 1971, Mushtari’s husband Dr Mohammad Shafi and younger brother Ehsanul Haque Ansari were killed by the Pakistani army.

She served as a ‘shobdo shoinik’ at ‘Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra’ till December 16 in 1971.

Mushtari got the Bangla Academy fellowship in 2016 for her unique role in the Liberation War. She also received the Begum Rokeya Padak in 2020. Mushtari was one of the organisers of the Ghatok Dalal Nirmul Committee.

She penned a number of books on Liberation War. ‘Muktijuddhe Chattogramer Nari’ (Women of Chattogram in Liberation War), ‘Chithi’ (Letter), ‘Jahanara Imamke’ (To Jahanara Imam) and ‘Swadhinata Amar Raktajhara Din’ (Independence My Blood Shedding Days) are some of her notable works.

In 1963, Mushtari published a monthly magazine named ‘Bandhabi’ from Chattogram. It was known as the second magazine published for women in Bangladesh.

She also set up an exceptional printing company called Meyeder Press (Girls’ Press) in the port city.