Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader handed over the letter of his appointment to Hazari, a suspended leader of the party, at the Awami League president’s office at Dhanmondi in Dhaka on Monday
Former Awami League lawmaker Joynal Abedin Hazari, also known as the godfather of Feni, was appointed as a member of the ruling party's advisory council.
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader handed over the letter of his appointment to Hazari, a suspended leader of the party, at the Awami League president’s office at Dhanmondi in Dhaka on Monday.
The letter said Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made the appointment exercising her power given to her during the 20th national council of the party, held in 2016.
Earlier on October 2, many news media reported that the Awami League President Sheikh Hasina made the instruction to include him in the advisory council, at a meeting with central leaders.
However, a day after, Quader said he did not have any such information.
Recently, the prime minister made a donation of Tk40,00,000 to Joynal for his treatment.
When the Feni leader met the party chief at Ganabhaban earlier to receive the donation, the prime minister talked to him about politics, inquired after his health, and prayed for his recovery, before making the announcement.
Hazari: A name that strikes terror in hearts of common
Joynal Abedin Hazari is well-known for his control of power in Feni for over two decades, from 1984-2004 as the Feni district Awami League general secretary.
He became involved in politics while he was a student at Feni College in late 60s.
Joynal had formed a “steering committee” with members drawn from his close accomplices in 1993. The committee was later renamed “class committee.” Its members ruthlessly suppressed those who dared to stand in the way of its leader.
A three-time lawmaker from Feni 2 constituency, Hazari got involved in many controversies at the end of his third tenure in power till 2001.
Unofficial estimates say about 120 political leaders were killed between 1996, and 2001 in Feni, during his tenure.
Journalists, too, were not spared. UNB’s Feni correspondent Tipu Sultan is one of the glaring examples of Joynal’s torture victim. Tipu is still suffering the brunt of his torment.
On August 16, 2001, joint forces tried to arrest Joynal during the tenure of the military-led caretaker government but he managed to flee to India.
He was suspended from Awami League in 2004 for his statement against the party. Since then, he has been inactive in politics.
Due to his long absence from the country, Joynal Hazari lost control of his bastion in Feni, and failed to enter the district even after his return to the country in 2009 after Awami League assumed power.
When he arrived in Dhaka, he had at least 44 cases – mostly for murder – filed since the 1970s. Gradually he got acquitted from all the cases. He has been living in Dhaka since 2010, and is the editor of a newspaper, Hazarika Pratidin.