Ziauddin Tariq Ali dies of COVID-19

Ziauddin Tariq Ali

Freedom fighter, trustee of Liberation War Museum and president of Sammilita Samajik Andolan  Ziauddin Tariq Ali died of COVID-19 on Monday at a Dhaka hospital.

He was 75.

Samajik Andolan general secretary Saleh Ahmed told New Age that Ziauddin died at 11:00am at Bangladesh Specialised Hospital where he was admitted two weeks ago after he had tested COVID-19 positive.

The veteran freedom fighter left his wife, a son and a daughter to mourn his death.

He was a trustee of Liberation War Museum and one of the members of Bangladesh Mukti Shangrami Shilpi Shangstha, the cultural troupe that worked during the war of independence in 1971 to inspire the freedom fighters.

His body was kept on the Liberation War Museum premises at Agargaon at noon for his admirers to pay their last respects to the man who, along with others, helped build the Liberation War Museum in 1996.

Ziauddin Tariq Ali was buried in Martyred Intellectual Graveyard at Mirpur in the afternoon, a press release of Liberation War Museum said.    

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of Ziauddin Tariq Ali and, in a message, she recalled the contribution of the valiant freedom fighter in implementing the spirit of the liberation war, United News of Bangladesh reported.

Sheikh Hasina prayed for the eternal salvation of the departed soul and expressed deep sympathy to the bereaved family.

Workers Party of Bangladesh president Rashed Khan Menon, general secretary Fazle Hossain Badsha, Oikya NAP president Pankaj Bhattachrya and general secretary Asadullah Tareque, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal president Hasanul Haq Inu, general secretary Shirin Akhter, Udichi Shilpi Goshthi president Safiuddin Ahmed, general secretary Jamsed Anwar Tapan, Sampriti Bangladesh, Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council, in separate statements expressed deep shock at the death of Ziauddin.

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