Valiant freedom fighter, lawmaker and Chattogram south district Awami League (AL) president Moslem Uddin Ahmed passed away at a hospital in the capital early today at the age of 75.
"Chattogram-8 constituency lawmaker Ahmed breathed his last at Evercare Hospital in Dhaka around 12:30 am," his nephew Lokman Chowdhury told BSS.
The elderly AL politician had been suffering from cancer and other diseases for the last two years, he said.
Ahmed is survived by wife, four daughters, a host of relatives, friends, well-wishers and political fellows.
His death cast a pall of gloom in political, cultural and social arenas elsewhere in the city and district.
He was elected Member of Parliament (MP) from AL on January 13, 2020 in the vacant seat after the death of Jasad leader Moinuddin Khan Badal.
Ahmed was elected Vice President of Chattogram Government Commerce College in 1969 and participated in the Great Liberation War responding to the call of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
He also held the post of general secretary of the Chattogram unit of Chhatra League in 1972.
He, as well, served as general secretary of Chattogram South District Awami League since 2005 to 2013 and had been serving as its president from 2013 until death.
His first namaz-e-janaza was held in front of the AL central office on the Bangabandhu Avenue in Dhaka at 11 am today, said his nephew and journalist Ejaz Mahmud.
His 2nd namaz-e-janaza will be held at Gomdondi Pilot High School maidan of Boalkhali upazila in Chattogram after Asar prayer today.
He will be buried next to his mother's grave at the graveyard adjacent to Hazrat Garib Ullah Shah Mazar after 3rd Janaza at city's Jamiatul Falah Maiden at 11 am tomorrow with full state honour.
Prime Minister and AL President Sheikh Hasina expressed profound shock and sorrow at his death.
Leaders of AL Chattogram city, Chattogram south and north district units, AL's front and different other organizations condoled the death of Ahmed.
In their condolence message, they paid homage to the memory of the deceased, prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and recalled his prolonged political career.