Freedom fighter and former deputy speaker Shawkat Ali dies
Dhaka, November 16: Colonel (retd) Shawkat Ali, one of the accused in the Agartala conspiracy case, is no more. He died at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka at 9:30 am on Monday.
Director of the Public Relations Branch of the Parliament Secretariat Md. Tariq Mahmood said the former deputy speaker was suffering from kidney, diabetes, high blood pressure and other age-related problems. He was admitted to the hospital on October 29.
Former Deputy Speaker Colonel Shawkat Ali was elected Member of Parliament from Shariatpur-2 constituency five times. In his personal life he was the father of two sons and one daughter.
Shawkat Ali was made one of the main accused in the Agartala conspiracy case filed against Bangabandhu in 1969 during the Pakistan period. He is the founding chairman of the Muktisanghati Parishad and the chief adviser to the 71 Foundation.
Funeral prayers will be held at Baitul Mukarram Mosque after Maghrib today. Earlier, his body was laid to rest at the National Shaheed Minar at 3.30 pm. The body will be taken to Naria in Shariatpur district tomorrow (Tuesday) at 10 am in an Armed Forces helicopter.
The body will be kept at Naria Shaheed Minar to pay homage to people of all walks of life. After the Janaza at Naria BL High School after Johar, the heroic freedom fighter Colonel (Retd) Shawkat Ali will be laid to rest in the family graveyard.