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Ahsanullah Master’s death anniversary observed

  • Published at 11:31 pm May 7th, 2019
Ahsanullah Master
Awami League leaders and activists place wreaths at Ahsanullah Master's grave on Tuesday in Gazipur Dhaka Tribune

Marking the day, different programs were chalked out at different places in the city and in Gazipur

The 15th death anniversary of veteran freedom fighter, labour leader, lawmaker, and teacher Ahsanullah Master was observed across the country on Tuesday.

Marking the day, different programs were chalked out at different places in the city and in Gazipur.

Awami League, Sramik League, Krishak League, Chhatra League, and various organizations including district administration held various day-long programs in different areas of Gazipur.

On the occasion, wreaths were placed at his grave, prayers, Milad-Doa and Iftar Mahfil were offered and food was distributed at the Pubail Hydarabad village of Gazipur on Tuesday morning.

Labour and Manpower Affairs Secretary Habibur Rahman Siraj, former state minister for women and children Affairs Meher Afroz Chumki, son of late Ahsan Ullah Master and State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell, Mayor of Gazipur City Corporation Jahangir Alam, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agriculture University Vice Chancellor Dr Gias Uddin Miah, Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmad Medical College and Hospital Director Amir Hossain Rahat, Gazipur Press Club President Mujibur Rahman and General Secretary Shah Shamsul Haq Ripon placed wreaths at his grave.

Ahsanullah Master had his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Dhaka and chose teaching as his profession. From 1983 to 1988, he led the Pubail union parishad in the Gazipur district.

A freedom fighter, Ahsanullah had served as the Gazipur upazila council chairman before being elected a lawmaker twice, in 1996 and 2001.

He was a member of the party’s national council and executive president of the Awami League’s labour affiliate Jatiya Sramik League. He was also the chairman of the Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies (BILS).

He was always vocal for the rights of trade unions of the working class and stoppage of harassment of workers abroad.

Ahsanullah, a popular Gazipur politician and Awami League MP, was shot and killed on May 7, 2004, while addressing a local conference held at a school ground near his home in Noagaon near Tongi.

The attack, in broad daylight, left a young man Faruq Ratan dead and 17 others wounded.

Following the shooting, his brother filed the murder case accusing 17 named and 12 unnamed persons with the Tongi police station. Police submitted the charge sheet and charges were framed against 30 people in October 2004.

The Speedy Trial Tribunal on April 16, 2005 handed down the death penalty to 22 people, including the main accused, BNP leader Nurul Islam Sarkar, and life imprisonment to six others for the high-profile murder.

A decade later, in June 2016, the High Court upheld death sentences awarded by a trial court to BNP leader Nurul Islam Sarkar and five others for killing the Awami League leader.

Eleven people were acquitted from death sentences. Two died during trial and were exempted from the charges.