BFUJ president Altaf Mahmood passes away

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka
Altaf Mahmood

Altaf Mahmood

Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists president Altaf Mahmood died Sunday morning at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital.
He had been suffering from neurological problems and undergoing treatment at the hospital.
The veteran journalist will be laid to eternal rest beside his parents’ graves at Rupnagar under Galachipa in Patuakhali today.
His body was taken to Rupnagar by a helicopter after his second namaz-e-janaza on the premises of National Press Club in Dhaka Sunday afternoon.
President Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina expressed profound shock at the death of the eminent journalist.
In a condolence message, the president said the death of Altaf Mahmood is an irreparable loss to the country’s journalism.

Colleagues and people from all walks of society pay their last respect to the mortal remains of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists president Altaf Mahmood. — New Age photo

Colleagues and people from all walks of society pay their last respect to the mortal remains of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists president Altaf Mahmood. — New Age photo

In a separate message, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said Altaf Mahmood was an uncompromising and front-ranking journalist leader in the movement for realising the professional rights of the journalists.
At the second janaza on the premises of National Press Club, information minister Hasanul Huq Inu, railway minister Mujibul Haque, food minister Advocate Qamrul Islam, prime minister’s media advisor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, state minister for jute and textiles Mirza Azam, managing director and chief editor of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha Abul Kalam Azad attended, among others.
BFUJ secretary general Omar Faruk and treasurer Madhusudan Mondal also mourned the death of Mahmood, and conveyed deep sympathy to the family members.
Earlier, the first Namaz-e-Janaza of Altaf Mahmood was held on the Dhaka Reporters Unity premises.
He started his career in journalism in the 1970s. Mahmood worked in Bengali newspaper Dainik Destiny, weekly, ‘Saptahik Khabar’, private-run television channel ‘My TV’.
Mahmood had been the general secretary of the undivided Dhaka Union of Journalists.

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