Ailing Hefazat-e-Islam chief Shah Ahmed Shafi has left Dhaka for New Delhi for better treatment.
Azizul Haque Islamabadi, central organising secretary of the Islamist platform, told the Dhaka Tribune that a flight carrying Shafi left Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 10am Saturday.
“He [Shafi] has been suffering from various old age complications. He is now taking liquid food through tube. His respiratory problem has also worsened. That’s why he is going Delhi for better treatment. Delhi’s Deoband Madrasa teacher Arshad Madani will look after him during the treatment session,” Azizul said.
The 96-year-old was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Chittagong city after he fell sick on May 18.
He was flown to Dhaka on June 6 after his condition deteriorated. Doctors at Asgar Ali Hospital in Gendaria treated him for old age complications and released him from the hospital on July 10.
The controversial nonagenarian leader, who is known as Boro Hujur (the oldest cleric) among his followers, is heavily lambasted by progressive people for his highly prejudicial views on various social issues and also for the radical Islamist platform’s pledge of Islamising Bangladesh.
Shafi is the rector of Al-Jamiatul Ahlia Darul Ulum Moinul Islam, also known as Hathazari Madrasa, and the chairman of Befaqul Madarisil Arabia Bangladesh, the largest Qawmi Madrasa board in the country.