Prominent journalist and lyricist Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury was laid to rest at 5 p.m. on Saturday (May 28) at Mirpur Martyred Intellectual Graveyard in Dhaka. He was buried beside the grave of his wife Selima Afroz Chowdhury following his last Namaz-e-Janaza was held at Jatiyo Press Club (JPC) at 4 p.m.
Chairman of Jatiyo Party Anwar Hossain Manju, MP, Awami League Presidium Member Advocate Jahangir Kabir Nanak, former JPC President Shafiqur Rahman, MP, AL Joint General Secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Prime Minister's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim Helal, former JPC President Saiful Alam, Chief Executive of Ekattor television Mozammel Babu, Editor of the daily Bangladesh Protidin Nayeem Nizam, Cultural Personality Nasir Uddin Yusuf Bacchu, journalists and cultural personalities, among others, attended the Namaz-e-Janaza.
People from all walks of life have paid glowing tributes to Language Movement veteran, prominent columnist and journalist Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury at the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka.
Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury's body was taken to the Central Shaheed Minar at around 1 p.m. to allow the people to have the last glimpse of this famous journalist and columnist, local media reported.
The 88-year-old Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury, best known for writing the lyrics of "Amar Bhaiyer Roktey Rangano", died at a hospital in the U.K. on May 19. His body was brought by air to Dhaka on Saturday morning. He received a 'guard of honour' as a freedom fighter while a moment of silence was observed to commemorate his passing.
Then the Shaheed Minar filled with the sound of his song 'Amar Bhaiyer Rokte Rangano Ekushey February, Ami Ki Bhulitey Paari?' (My Brother's Blood Spattered 21 February, Can I forget?) as a tribute both to its lyricist and the brave Language Martyrs.
On behalf of President Md. Abdul Hamid, his Military Secretary Major General SM Salahuddin Islam and on behalf of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, her Military Secretary Brigadier General Kabir Ahmed paid glowing tributes to Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury by placing wreaths on his coffin.
Then, the speaker of the Jatiyo Sangsad Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury paid tribute to him by placing a wreath.
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader, Presidium Members Matia Chowdhury, Nurul Islam Nahid, Dr. Md. Abdur Razzak, Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman on behalf of Awami League President Sheikh Hasina placed a wreath on his coffin.
Among others, Awami League joint general secretaries Mahbubul-Alam Hanif and Dr Dipu Moni and office secretary Barrister Biplab Barua were present on the occasion.
On behalf of 14-party alliance, Workers Party president Rashed Khan Menon, Jatiyo Samajtantrik Dal (Jasad), Bangladesh Samajtantrik Dal (Basad), Workers Party of Bangladesh, National Awami Party (NAP) and different affiliated organizations of Awami League including Bangladesh Chhatra League paid their tributes.
On behalf of Dhaka University led by its Vice-Chancellor Dr Akhtaruzzamn and Pro-VC ASM Maksud Kamal and on behalf of Bangla Academy, Swadhinata and Ekushey Padak winning writer Selina Hossain paid tributes to the columnist.
Besides, Bangladesh Police Service Association, Sector Commanders Forum, Bangladesh Asiatic Society, Bangladesh Kabita Parishad, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Press Institute Bangladesh and different socio-cultural organizations paid their tributes to Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury. Later, his body was taken to the premises of the Dhaka University Central Mosque where his second Namaz-e-Janaza was held.
Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury's body arrived in Dhaka on Saturday morning. A Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight, carrying the body of Gaffar Chowdhury reached Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in city at 10:57 a.m. Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, on government's behalf, formally received the body at the airport at 11:15 a.m.
Agriculture Minister Dr Md Abdur Razzaque, Railway Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujan, State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Md Mahbub Ali, State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid, Awami League Presidium Member Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary Md Mokammel Hossain, Bangladesh High Commissioner in London Saida Muna Tasneem, who arrived in Dhaka from London by same flight, Office Secretary of the Bangladesh Awami League and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Biplob Barua and officials of various ministries and Bangladesh Biman were also present at that time.