Proper probe into death of Humayun Azad demanded
Family members of late Prof Humayun Azad yesterday demanded proper investigation into the cause of his death, saying that he was killed by Islamist extremists in a pre-planned way.
"At present, the pro-liberation force is in power. We categorically demand impartial investigation into his death," said Mouli Azad, daughter of Humayun Azad, at a press conference at the National Press Club yesterday, just a day before of his 5th death anniversary.
Prof Humayun Azad died in Germany in 2004 several months after Islamist extremists launched a machete attack on him at the Ekushey book fair, leaving him grievously injured.
At the press conference, Mouli announced that 'Dr Humayun Azad Poetry Award' would be introduced next year in his memory.
The award will be given to a young Bangalee poet, living at home or abroad, every year for his or her outstanding literary works. To qualify for the award, the poet must have three publications and should not be over 45 years.
The winner will be awarded Tk 20,000 and a crest.
Osman Gani, publisher of Agamee Prokashani, and family members of Prof Humayun Azad were present at the press conference.