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Former state minister Jafrul Islam dies in Chattogram

Jafrul Islam Chowdhury, former state minister for environment and forest and ex-president of Chattogram south district BNP, died on Tuesday at a hospital in the port city. He was 72.

Chowdhury, who had long been suffering from kidney and some other diseases, breathed his last around 2:15pm at Evercare Hospital, said Chattogram South District BNP convener Abu Sufian.

He is survived by his wife, two sons, two daughters, and a host of relatives and well-wishers to mourn his death.

Chowdhury’s first Namaz-e-janaza will be held at Jamiatul Falah Mosque in the city at 10am on Wednesday.

He will be buried in his family graveyard after the second janaza in Banskhali Adarsha High School field at 2pm and the third one in Banskhali Degree College field at 3 pm.

Born on October 14, 1950, in Banskhali Upazila of Chittagong, Chowdhury completed his graduation in Commerce. He was the president of the Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry during the 1996-97 tenure.

He was elected MP from Chattogram-15 seat and served as the state minister for forest and environment during the BNP’s government from 2001-2006.

Meanwhile, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, and standing committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury expressed deep concern over Jafrul Islam’s death.

In separate messages, they also prayed for the salvation of the departed soul of Chowdhury and conveyed their sympathy to the bereaved family members.