Rama Chowdhury, a writer and a Birangana of the Liberation War, passed away at a hospital here o early Monday. She was 78.
Rama Chowdhrury who had been suffering from old-age complications breathed her last at Chittagong Medical College Hospital around 4am, said her private assistant Alauddin Ahmed Khokon.
The writer had been undergoing treatment at the hospital’s Freedom Fighters’ cabin since March 25 last after she vomited blood.
She was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital on August 25 as her condition deteriorated.
Later, she was brought to the cabin again on August 29 as her condition improved slightly. Her condition worsened again on Sunday evening and was put on life support, Alauddin said.
Rama Chowdhury had been suffering from illness since she sustained fracture in her waist after she fell down at her residence in Boalkhali upazila of the district on December 24, 2017.
She was later laid to eternal rest at her village home at Pupadia of Boalkhali in the afternoon. She was buried by the grave of her son Dipangkar Chowdhury around 3 pm following a guard of honour.
Earlier, the body of the Liberation War heroine was taken to Chittagong Central Shaheed Minar around 10:45 am where she was given a guard of honour.
Different political and cultural organisations and people from all walks of life paid their last tributes to Roma Chowdhury who had lost her two sons — Sagar Chowdhury and Tagar Chowdhury during the Liberation War — at the Central Shaheed Minar.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock at the death of Rama Chowdhury.
In a condolence message, the Prime Minister recalled her sacrifice and struggle for the great Liberation War.
She prayed for peace of the departed soul and expressed sympathy to the bereaved family members.
Social Welfare Minister and Workers’ Party President Rashed Khan Menon, and Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives (LGRD) Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain also condoled her death.
Born at Popadia village in Boalkhali upazila in 1941, Rama Chowdhury fell prey to perverted Pakistani military forces at her residence on May 13, 1971 during the Liberation War.
Rama obtained her MA in Bengali Literature from Dhaka University in 1961. Then, she started her career as the headmistress of Cox’s Bazar High School in 1962.
Later, the freedom fighter wielded her pen and wrote 19 books, including novel, poetry, articles, alongside teaching in high schools.