1952, 1971 leader dies
Friday, 26 September 2008


Language Movement leader and Independence War veteran Quamruzzaman died on Thursday at the age of 81 after prolonged illness, his family said.

A former member of the Awami League presidium, he was one of the nine members of the All-Party Students Action Committee in 1952 that led the bloody campaign establishing Bangla as the state language.
His reached his final rest at 5:40pm at the capital's Central Hospital, after long suffering from kidney and lung ailments, daughter Perveen Hasan Kalpana said.
Kalpana, one of his six children, told bdnews24.com that his namaz-e-janaza would be held at noon in front of the Awami League central office on the Bangabandhu Avenue.
The family wants him to be buried at the Martyred Intellectuals' Graveyard in Mirpur. "That's what we expect … he was a well-known organiser of the war," the daughter said.
Better known as Principal Quamruzzaman, he was president of Chhatra League when the students' group was founded in 1948 and later became MP on an Awami League ticket.
A popular grassroots politician, he was elected to parliament thrice from his Jhenaidah constituency.
A leader of the 1962 education movement, Quamruzzaman once headed the Saarc teachers' association.
Born on Jan 1, 1927, he was first elected to parliament in 1954 as a United Front nominee.
Acting Awami League chief Zillur Rahman and acting general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam were first to come up with statements condoling his death.

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