Thursday, 28 September, 2023

Lawmaker Afsarul Ameen laid to rest

Lawmaker Afsarul Ameen laid to rest
Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud along with others pays tribute to lawmaker and former minister Dr Afsarul Ameen by placing a wreath on his body on the AL Central Office premise in the capital on Saturday. —SUN PHOTO

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CHATTOGRAM: Heroic Freedom Fighter, former minister and Chattogram-10 constituency lawmaker Dr Afsarul Ameen was laid to eternal rest at his family graveyard in the port city on Saturday night.

The body of the ruling Awami League (AL) leader was brought to the city through a helicopter of Bangladesh Air Force from Dhaka. The helicopter landed at the city’s MA Aziz Stadium ground at around 12:45pm.

AL City unit General Secretary AJM Nasir Uddin along with other leaders of the party received the body there.

Chattogram Deputy Commissioner (DC) Abul Bashar Mohammed Fakhruzzaman was also present there at that time.

Earlier, his namaz-e-janaza was held on the AL Central Office premise in the capital around 10:30pm on Saturday.

His Assistant Personal Secretary (APS) Delwar Hossain said the body was taken to Afsarul’s residence in the city’s Dakkhin Kattali area first.

Then his second namaz-e-janaza took place on the Jamiatul Falah National Mosque premises after Asr prayers, he said.

He was laid to eternal rest at the family graveyard in the Dakkhin Kattali area following his third namaz-e-janaza on the PH Ameen Academy premises after Isha prayers, he added.

Dr Afsarul, 77, died from lung cancer at a private hospital in the capital on Friday afternoon.

He was the chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, and also the vice-president of AL Chattogram city unit.

He was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) from the Chattogram-10 constituency (Double Mooring-Pahartali-Halishahar) with AL’s ticket for three consecutive terms since 2008.

He served as the minister for Shipping, and Primary and Mass Education ministries.

It may be mentioned that Afsarul Ameen, a doctor by profession, came to the spotlight after serving people who took shelters at the shelter centres after the devastating cyclone in 1991.