Former state minister, freedom fighter, and Awami League lawmaker of Gazipur-3 Rahmat Ali passed away yesterday morning.
He was 74.
Rahmat Ali, who was undergoing treatment at Square Hospitals in Dhaka, breathed his last around 7:35am, said Harun-or-Rashid Farid, former assistant secretary of Jubo League.
Rahmat, who was also an AL advisory council member, had been suffering from kidney ailments, diabetes, cardiac problems, and old-age complications for a long time, Harun added.
Born in September 16, 1945, Rahmat got into student politics at the tender age of 11. In 1962, at the age of just 17, he was arrested for a speech against the education commission. He was also detained in 1962 and 1966 for his outspoken activism. During the Liberation War, he was tasked with serving as a courier.
After the war, his political career proceeded amid more tribulations. In 1983, he was arrested and taken to the cantonment, where he was tortured incessantly, resulting in 17 broken teeth.
He was an elected lawmaker with AL ticket in 1991, 1996, 2001, 2008, and 2014. He was made state minister of local government and rural development and cooperatives in 1999.
His namaz-e-janaza was held at Shankar Jame Mosque in Dhanmondi after Zuhr prayers, at the south plaza of Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad after Asr, and then at Baitul Mamur Jame Mosque in Science Laboratory.
A fourth janaza will be held at Bangladesh Supreme Court ground today.
He will be buried at his family graveyard in Sreepur of Gazipur on Tuesday following the completion of the last janaza at Sreepur Freedom Fighter Rahmat Ali Government College, named in his honour.
President M Abdul Hamid mourned the death of Rahmat Ali.
In a condolence message, the head of the state expressed deep shock and sorrow at his death, reports BSS.
President Hamid also prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed profound sympathy to the bereaved family members of the freedom fighter, the message added.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also paid rich tributes to Rahmat, reports UNB.
She placed a wreath at his coffin at the South Plaza of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban.
After placing the wreath at the coffin draped in the national flag, she also stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memory of Rahmat Ali.
Later, accompanied by senior party leaders, Hasina as AL president, laid another wreath at the coffin of Rahmat.
She later talked to family members of the deceased and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.
Ministers, deputy speaker, chief whip, whips, MPs and leaders of different political parties attended his janaza there.