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62nd death anniversary of Sher-e Bangla Saturday

The 62nd death anniversary of Sher-e-Bangla Abul Kashem Fazlul Huq will be observed across the country in a befitting manner Saturday.

AK Fazlul Huq, popularly known as Sher-e-Bangla (Tiger of Bengal) or Huq Saheb, died on April 27 in 1962 in Dhaka.

He was born on October 26, 1873 at his maternal uncle’s house at Saturia, a prosperous village in the southern part of the then Bakerganj, now Jhalakathi, district of Barishal Division. But his ancestral house was at Chakhar, a village 14 miles away from Barisal town, BSS reports.

Huq was an eminent public leader who had held many high political posts, including the Mayor of Kolkata (1935), Chief Minister of undivided Bengal (1937-1943) and East Bengal (1954), Home Minister of Pakistan (1955) and Governor of East Pakistan (1956-58).

To mark the day, different socio-political and cultural organizations have planned elaborate programmes including placing wreaths at the grave of the deceased leader and offering fateha at his grave, a milad mahfil and discussions.

The ruling Awami League will pay tribute to the great leader by placing wreaths at his grave at Suhrawardi Udayan at 8:00am Saturday. The party will also hold a recitation of Surah Fatiha and offer prayers for salvation of the departed soul of Sher-e-Bangla at his grave.

Meanwhile, Barishal Bibhag Samiti will organize a discussion and doa mahfil marking the death anniversary of Sher-e Bangla AK Fazlul Huq.

The discussion and doa mahfil will be held at the VIP room of Kitchen Yard Party Center at Motijheel at 4pm Saturday. Bangladesh Press Council Chairman Justice M Nizamul Huq Nasim will attend the discussion as the chief guest while President of Barishal Bibhag Samiti Valiant Freedom Fighter M Ziaul Kabir Dulu will chair the function.