Dhaka: AFM Mohitul Islam, the plaintiff of Bangabandhu murder case, died at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) here on Thursday. He was 63.
Mohitul, a receptionist-cum-resident personal assistant of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, breathed his last at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the BSMMU around 2:55 pm, its Public Relations officer Proshanto Majumder told UNB. UNB News Agency Reported.
He was undergoing treatment for respiratory problems at the hospital for the 15 days, said Prashanto.
He left behind one daughter and a host of relatives and well-wishers to mourn his death.
Mohitul, also a freedom fighter, filed the case on October 2, 1996 with Dhanmondi Police Station as a witness to one of the darkest and heinous crimes in Bangladesh’s political history, immediately after the Awami League came to power after long 21 years.
Mohitul served as an official of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief until his death.
He joined Prime Minister Secretariat’s office on December 13, 1973 as an office assistant. Later, he was appointed as a receptionist-cum-resident personal assistant of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1974 when Bangabandhu was President of Bangladesh. Mohitul was at Dhanmondi road No. 32 house when the worst brutal killing of the country’s history took place on the dreadful night of August 15, 1975.
Meanwhile, a namaj-e-janaza of Mohitul was held at the BSMMU around 5pm.
Mohitul will be taken to Kashimpur village at Monirampur village in Jessore after all the formalities and he will be buried at the family graveyard on Friday after his last namaj-e-janaza, said Asifur Rahman Rajib, grandson of Mohitul.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in separate messages expressed profound shock at the death of AFM Mohitul Islam.
In a condolence message, Abdul Hamid said the nation will ever remember the courageous role of Mohitul Islam in the trial of the Bangabandhu killing case.
Sheikh Hasina in her message recalled with profound respect Mohitul Islam’s courageous role.
“He (Mohitul) hid Sheikh Russell, the youngest son of Bangabandhu, to save him from the heinous killers. But, the murderers killed Russell after snatching from him,” Sheikh Hasina said.
“In his (Mohitul) death, we’ve lost a person who was dedicated to Awami League and Bangabandhu family,” she added.
President Hamid and Prime Minister Hasina both prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed profound sympathy to the bereaved family members.