Freedom fighter and journalist Mahtab Uddin was laid to rest at Hetomkhan graveyard yesterday with state honours.
Mahtab died of heart ailment at Dhaka on Saturday, at the age of 80. His body was taken to Rajshahi yesterday and his namaz-e-janaza was held at Rajshahi central mosque in Shaheb Bazar area.
After his janaza, an additional deputy commissioner of Rajshahi, assisted by police, gave him guard of honour. His coffin was wrapped with the flag of the country while bugles played the last post.
His body was kept near the central mosque for hours for his well-wishers to pay homage.
Rajshahi lawmaker Fazle Hossain Badsha, city Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, leaders of local command of freedom fighters and journalists honoured him with floral wreaths.
Mahtab Uddin led several groups of freedom fighters during the Liberation War. Graduating in Bengali, he began a career in journalism, editing the weekly Gono Khobor and a daily, Lal Golap.
He authored two Liberation War based novels -- “Ekattorer Jobanbondi” and “Usko Chhor Do”. He wrote numerous poems and essays for different newspapers.
He also wrote songs for radio since the Pakistan era.