January 21, 2021, 2:06 pm
Staff Reporter: The 9th death anniversary of Abdur Razzak, one of the top organizers of the war of independence, national leader and two-time general secretary of the Awami League, falls on Wednesday (December 23).
The 69-year-old Awami League leader died on December 23, 2011 at King’s College Hospital in London. He was suffering from kidney disease. The whole world including Bangladesh cried on the news of his death. His district Shariatpur was flooded with tears.
Abdur Razzak, who had a colorful and colorful political life, devoted his entire life to the movement for freedom, liberty, peace and social liberation of Bengalis. From his student days till his death he was the foremost organizer and leader in every democratic movement of the Bengali nation.
He played an active role in the education movement of 1962, the 6-point movement of 1969, the mass uprising of 1969, the freedom struggle and the great liberation war. He was elected general secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra League in 1966-1967 and 1967-1968. Public leader Abdur Razzak was first elected to the Jatiya Sangsad in 1970.
He then won the Jatiya Sangsad elections in 1973, 1991, 1996 and 2009. In the 1991-1996 elections, he was elected MP in two seats each. In 1979 and 1981 he was the general secretary of the Awami League. After the Awami League came to power in 1996, Abdur Razzak served as the Minister of Water Resources.
He was one of the pioneers of the movement for the trial of the murderous brokers and war criminals of ’71. The unique contribution of the late public leader Abdur Razzak in the struggle to build a prosperous, happy and beautiful non-communal democratic Bangladesh will remain in the memory of the Bengali nation.
Awami League, family and various organizations have taken initiative on the occasion of the death anniversary of the late Abdur Razzah. Tribute and wreath-laying and prayer and milad mahfil will be held at Banani Cemetery at 9 am today at the initiative of various organizations including Awami League. Central leaders of the Awami League and political comrades of the late will be present.
Besides, the allied organizations of Awami League and various social organizations will pay their respects. Besides, various organizations including Awami League, Juba League and Chhatra League have announced massive programs in Shariatpur.
This colorful politician was born on 1 August 1941 in Dakshin Damuda village of Damuda upazila of Shariatpur district. Father’s name is Imam Uddin and mother’s name is Begum Akfatunnesa. He passed SSC from Damuda Muslim High School in 1958 and HSC from Dhaka College in 1960.
He then enrolled in Dhaka University in Political Science. He passed Honors and later Masters in Political Science in 1964. He then passed LLB and joined the Bar Council in 1973 as a lawyer. He started his political life from Dhaka College. He was then a member of the Central Committee of the East Pakistan Chhatra League.
He was first arrested in 1964 during the rule of Ayub Khan during his political career in Pakistan and was imprisoned till ’75. He participated in the Masters examination from prison. He was imprisoned from 1968 to ’69 for carrying out a six-point movement.
Abdur Razzak was re-arrested in 1975 after the assassins assassinated Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He was imprisoned until ’76. During the anti-military dictatorship movement, Abdur Razzak was imprisoned again in 1967.
During the Great War of Independence, Abdur Razzak was the Sector Commander of Mujib Bahini (one of the 4 Sector Commanders of Mujib Bahini) in Meghalaya, India. He was also an organizer of the Mujib Bahini and a trainer of the freedom fighters.
After independence, Abdur Razzak was one of the members of the National Coordinating Committee for the Implementation of the Spirit of the Liberation War and the Elimination of the Deadly Brokers of 1971.
Abdur Razzak was the organizing secretary of the Awami League from 1982 to ’75. From 1961 to 1971, Abdur Razzak was the General Secretary of the Awami League.
Until his death, he was a member of the Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad elected from Shariatpur-3 constituency and chairman of the parliamentary committee on the Ministry of Water Resources.