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Pintu laid to rest in father’s grave

Update : 04 May 2015, 07:02 PM

Former BNP lawmaker Nasir Uddin Ahmed Pintu, who died in Rajshahi on Sunday, was buried at the capital’s Azimpur graveyard yesterday.

His namaz-e-janaza was held at the party’s Nayapaltan headquarters and also in Hazaribagh before he was laid to rest in his father’s grave around 6:45pm.

Earlier in the day, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia paid tributes to Pintu at the Nayapaltan office where his body was taken.

She draped the BNP leader’s coffin with the party flag and shed tears while paying her last respects.

The BNP chief was followed by hundreds of party members who paid respects before attending the namaz-e-janaza there.

BNP Standing Committee member Moudud Ahmed said Pintu’s death was unexpected. “Pintu was not only a promising leader but had good organising skills as well.”

A black flag was hoisted at the Nayapaltan office while party activists wore black badges to mourn Pintu’s death.

The body was then taken to his Hazaribagh residence where the second namaz-e-janaza was held at the Institute of Leather Engineering and Technology ground before burial.

The BNP leader, who was convicted in the BDR mutiny case, suffered a cardiac arrest and died on Sunday noon, according to doctors at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital.

Dr Rois Uddin, chief of the hospital’s cardiac department, said Pintu was pronounced dead around 12:20pm but had actually died earlier.

BNP leaders, including Khaleda, alleged that Pintu’s death was a premeditated homicide as he was deprived of proper medical treatment.

Probe body formed

A three-member committee was formed to probe Pintu’s death in the wake of the allegation of medical negligence.

The committee is headed by Dhaka Divisional Deputy Jail Superintendent Golam Haider and the other members are Kashimpur Central Jail’s Senior Jail Superintendent Mizanur Rahman, and Mymensingh Central Jail Senior Jail Superintendent Iqbal Kabir Chowdhury. It has been asked to submit its report by Thursday, said Rajshahi Central Jail Superintendent Shafiqul Islam. 

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