Ex-Ctg mayor Mohiuddin Chowdhury passes away

Mohiuddin Chowdhury

Former Chittagong Mayor Mohiuddin Chowdhury

Former Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor and city Awami League President ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury passed away at a hospital in Chittagong city early Friday.

He was 74.

Mohiuddin Chowdhury breathed his last around 3:00am at Max Hospital where he had been on life support as his condition deteriorated on Thursday night, said Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel, the elder son of Mohiuddin Chowdhury, and also Organising Secretary of Awami League.

Mohiuddin Chowdhury was taken to the hospital earlier in the evening and later shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital around 10pm, and put on life support, said his son-in-law Dr Selim Jahangir, also head of the CCC Health Department.

On November 11 last, Mohiuddin Chowdhury was admitted to the ICU of the same hospital as he had been suffering from kidney and heart ailments. Later, he was shifted to Square Hospitals in Dhaka and then taken to Singapore.

His Namaz-e-Janaza will be held after Asr prayers today at Laldighi Maidan in the city. He will be buried at his family graveyard at Chashma Hill in the city’s Sholoshahar area.

Born on December 1, 1944 at Gohira village in Raojan upazila of Chittagong district, Mohiuddin Chowdhury got involved in politics of Chhatra League in his school life.

He was elected Mayor of Chittagong City Corporation first in 1994, while for the second time in 2000 and for the third consecutive time in 2005. He was the President of Chittagong City Awami League until his death.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock at the death of Mohiuddin Chowdhury saying that the former Chittagong city had played important roles from the front in all the democratic movements since the Liberation War of the country.

“He never bowed down but embraced jail and faced repression on various occasions in his life. His contributions to the welfare of the people of Chittagong will ever be remembered,” the Prime Minister said.”