Dhaka, Oct 25 (bdnews24.com) – Awami League leader and former MP from Chittagong's Fatikchhari constituency Rafiqul Anwar has died. He was 59.
He died at 8:50am on Thursday while undergoing treatment at the Square Hospital in the capital.
He was elected twice to Parliament from Fatikchhari in 1996 and 2001. Anwar was also the ruling party Chittagong district unit's Vice-President and Chairman of the sports club Chittagong Abahani Limited.
He is survived by his wife and one daughter.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed deep condolences at this death and conveyed sympathy to the bereaved family.
In a condolence message, Hasina also recalled Anwar's contribution in different democratic movements.
Awami Swecchasebak League Vice-President Mofizur Rahman told bdnews24.com that Anwar's first namaj-e-janaza (funeral prayer) was held at the Parliament's South Plaza in the capital.
He said the former MP's remains would arrive Chittagong by night. His dead body will be taken to his ancestral home at Fatikchhari's Nanupur after a second janaza scheduled to be held at 9pm at Jomiatul Falah in port city.
A third janaza is also scheduled to be held at 10am at Fatikchhari College ground on Friday. Anwar will be buried at the family graveyard following the fourth funeral prayer scheduled at 3pm at Laila Kabir College ground.
Mofizur said Anwar was suffering from liver problems for a long time. He was admitted to Square Hospital after his condition deteriorated on Wednesday night, he added.
Meanwhile, leaders of Chittagong Awami League and affiliated organisation have expressed deep shock at the death of the former ruling party MP.