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25 February, 2018 04:51:53 PM / LAST MODIFIED: 26 February, 2018 08:40:33 AM

Ex-Rangpur city mayor Jhantu dies

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Ex-Rangpur city mayor Jhantu dies
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Former Mayor of Rangpur Sarfuddin Ahmed Jhantu died at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) hospital in Dhaka today.

He was 66.

He left behind his wife, only son and a host of relatives and admirers

to mourn his death, sources close to the family of the deceased said.

Earlier, Jhantu, an advisory council member of Rangpur district Awami League (AL), was flown to Dhaka by air ambulance from Rangpur on February 1 last following a brain hemorrhage.

Later, Jhantu was admitted to the BSMMU and he was put there at the ICU in critical conditions under life support where he breathed his last at 3.30pm.

Jhantu, a career politician, was born on July 7, 1952 in a respected Muslim family in Engineer Para area of Rangpur city. 

He passed the matriculation examinations brilliantly with distinctions in two subjects from Rangpur Zilla School in 1967.

Later, he passed the intermediate examinations in the first division in 1969 and completed his B.Com course from Rangpur Government College. 

Jhantu took part in the War of Liberation and contributed his maxim with bravery in liberating the country from the clutches of the Pakistani occupation forces.

Jhantu began his colourful political career since the post liberation period in the eighties to become upazila chairman, municipality mayor, member of the parliament and city mayor.

In his long political career, Sarfuddin Ahmed Jhantu was first elected as Rangpur Sadar Upazila Chairman in 1887 and worked in the post till 1991.

Later, he was elected as Mayor of the defunct Rangpur pourasabha in 1992 and conducted his responsibilities in the post till 1998.

Taking part in the parliament elections with Jatiya Party ticket, Jhantu was elected Member of the Parliament (MP) from Rangpur-1 constituency in 1996.

Later, Jhantu was elected as the maiden Mayor of Rangpur city in 2012 and conducted his responsibility in the post till completion of the tenure in 2018. 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock at the death of Jhantu. 

In a condolence message, the Prime Minister recalled with profound respect the contribution of Jhantu to the development of Rangpur city.

"His death is an irreparable loss to Rangpur as well as the country," she said. 

Sheikh Hasina prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed profound sympathy to the bereaved family. 

In separate message, Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury condoled the death of Jhantu. 

She said Jhantu was a pro-people leader and a politician imbued with spirit of Liberation War. His death is an irreparable loss to the country, she added. 

Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, Deputy Speaker Md Fazle Rabbi Miah, Chief Whip ASM Firoze, State Minister for Labour and Employment Md. Mijibul Haque and State Minister for LGRD and Cooperatives Mashiur Rahman Ranga also expressed profound shock at the death of Jhantu. 

In separate messages, they also prayed for eternal peace of departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family.

The common people of Rangpur from all walks in life were deeply shocked this afternoon as soon as the death news of Jhantu.

Mayor of Rangpur Mostafizar Rahman Mostafa, Acting President of district AL Mamtaz Uddin Ahmed, its General Secretary Advocate Rezaul Karim Raju, city AL President Shafiur Rahman Shafi and its General Secretary Tushar Kanti Mandal, leaders of other political parties and sociocultural and professional organisations expressed their deep shop at the death of Jhantu. 

Talking to BSS this evening, General Secretary of district AL Advocate Rezaul Karim Raju said the first Namaz-E-Janaza of Sarfuddin Ahmed Jhantu will be held on the South Plaza of the Jatiya Sangshad Bhaban in Dhaka at 10.30 am tomorrow. 

"Later, the body of Jhantu will be flown by helicopter to Rangpur and Namaz-E-Janaza will be held on Rangpur Police Lines School and College ground and before his burial at Nurpur graveyard in the city," Raju added. bss





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