BANGLADESH: MR Akhtar Mukul passes away

Eminent journalist dies at age 75

The Daily Star
Sunday, June 27, 2004

Eminent Journalist and writer MR Akhtar Mukul passed away at the Ibrahim Memorial Hospital (BIRDEM) at 6:00pm yesterday. He was 75.

Mukul was suffering from cancer and his heart was also malfunctioning for the last ten days. He was undergoing treatment at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

He left behind his two sons, two daughters, grandchildren and a host of relatives and admirers.

Mukul inspired the freedom fighters and countrymen during the Liberation War by his oratory popularly known as 'Charam-patra' on Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra, the radio station of the then government in exile.

The eminent journalist was born in West Bengal in 1929. After the partition, the family of MR Akhtar Mukul migrated to Mahasthangarh in Bogra.

Mukul was also involved in the Language Movement.

After the independence of Bangladesh, Mukul joined the government service. After his retirement, he involved himself with book business.

He wrote 36 books during his lifetime. 'Ami Bijoy Dekhechhi' (I have seen the Liberation ), 'Mohapurush', 'Mujiber Rakto Lal' are his famous books.

Mukul worked as journalist in different daily newspapers including the daily Ittefaq. He was also a columnist.

Mukul was one of the founder members of the National Press Club and the owner of the well-known publishing house, Sagar Publisher.

President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia have expressed profound shock at the death of MR Akhtar Mukul.

In separate messages, the president and the prime minister recalled with gratitude his contribution to the War of Independence in 1971.

They prayed for salvation of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family

Leader of the Opposition and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday expressed deep shock at the death of Mukul.

In a statement, the opposition leader said the country has lost an honest and dedicated journalist at the death of MR Akhtar Mukul.

She prayed for salvation of the departed soul and conveyed her sympathy to the bereaved family.

Jatiya Party Chairman H M Ershad also expressed his deep shock at the death of MR Akhtar Mukul.

State Minister for Liberation War Affairs Rezaul Karim, Bangladesh Muktijoddha Council, Dhaka University Teachers Association, Udichi Shilpi Gosthi, Bangladesh Chhatra League and different socio-cultural organisations expressed their deep shock at the death of Mukul.

Mukul will be buried at the Martyred Intellectuals' Graveyard in Mirpur this afternoon. His body will be brought to his Baily Road residence at 8:00am today where AL chief Sheikh Hasina and other leaders of different political parties will pay their homage.

The body will be brought to the National Press Club at 10:00am. Later, the body will be taken to the Muktijoddha Central Command Council Office.

The namaj-e janaza for Mukul will be held at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque after Zohr prayers.