Shajahan Siraj, organiser of Bangladesh liberation war, is no more
Published : Tuesday, 14 July, 2020 at 5:31 PM Count : 335
Shajahan Siraj, one of the four organisers of the War of Liberation in 1971, passed on Tuesday.
Shajahan Siraj, who read the manifesto of Bangladesh independence on March 3, 1971, breathed his last at Ever Care Hospital (former Apollo Hospital) at about 3:30pm while underwent treatment there.
He will always be remembered for his outstanding role who successfully banned polythene bags in Bangladesh.
He was a central leader of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi has confirmed the death of Shajahan Siraj.
BNP Acting Chairman Tareque Rahman and Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir have expressed deep shock at the death of Shajahan Siraj.
Shajahan Siraj was born on March 1, 1943 at Kalihati in Tangail district. He joined politics through the participation in the Anti-Hamudur Rahman Education Commission in 1962. He also served as vice chairman of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).
As a student, he was involved with the Bangladesh Liberation war. Siraj served five terms as the member of parliament for the Tangail-4 unit; he was arrested in 2007 for tax evasion.
Siraj attended Government Saadat College, where he was twice elected vice president of the student council. He served as the General Secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra League, the student organization of Awami League.
He was a leader of the Mukti Bahini and one of the leaders of Bangladesh liberation. Siraj is one of the designers of the Bangladesh flag.
Siraj read the manifesto of Bangladesh independence on March 3, 1971, in front of millions of people in the presence of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He served as the acting General Secretary and also the president of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD).
Siraj won election to parliament five times from constituency Tangail-4, Kalihati. Roads, bridges, schools, colleges, hospitals, and mosques were built for the people of Kalihati during his tenure as a MP.
He served as a minister, for the Government of Bangladesh, during 1991 and 2001 BNP's tenure.
During his tenure as the environment minister, the use and production of plastic shopping bag (polythene bags) were banned in Bangladesh, 3-stroke scooters were withdrawn from the road, and social tree plantation turned into a movement.
In 2007, arrest warrants were issued for Siraj in connection with thirteen charges of tax evasion. He was sentenced to thirteen years in jail, and his wife three.
Siraj is married to Mrs. Rabeya Siraj, who is a women's movement leader, president of the BNP's Dhaka city women's front, and a member of the BNP national executive committee.
Mr and Mrs Siraj have one daughter and one son. Their daughter, Barrister Sarwat Siraj, is a practising Advocate in Bangladesh Supreme Court. Their son, Rajiv Siraj, is a member of board of directors of One Group.