Communist leader Juno passes away
Published : Friday, 30 October, 2020 at 12:00 AM Count : 397
Communist leader, freedom fighter and cultural organiser Haider Anwar Khan Juno passed away at 1:25pm on Thursday at Gonoshasthaya Nagar Hospital in the capital. He was 76.
Juno, the younger brother of communist leader Haider Akbar Khan Rano, was admitted to Square Hospital on September 15 after suffering a heart attack while battling pneumonia. He was later put on life support as his condition deteriorated.
Juno was transferred to Gonoshasthaya Nagar Hospital on October 22, according to his daughter Ananya Laboni.
Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock at the death of Haider Anwar Khan Juno. She conveyed her sympathy to the bereaved family and prayed for the salvation of the departed soul.
Different political parties, including Communist Party of Bangladesh, Workers Party, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, Jatiya Party and socio-cultural organizations also condoled on the death of Juno.
Juno is survived by his wife, a daughter and a son.
The first namaz-e-janaja for Juno was held after Maghrib Prayers at Taqwa Mosque at Dhanmondi- 32 on Thursday. He will be given a guard of honour on the premises of the Central Shaheed Minar today.
The second namaz-e-janaja for Juno will be held at Dhaka University Central Mosque after Jumma prayers today. Later, he will be buried at the Banani Graveyard. Haider Anwar Khan Juno was born in 1944 in Kolkata. Their ancestral home is in Barashula village of Narail. His father Hatem Ali Khan was an engineer. His grandfather Syed Nausher Ali was an eminent politician.
Juno was introduced to communist politics during his school life. Although he held a master's degree in physics from Dhaka University, he chose to be a politician.
Juno was imprisoned after joining the education movement of 1962. He was then an active member of the East Pakistan Students' Union. At the time, his brother Rano was serving as the president of the union. Juno was later elected as a member of the party's central committee.
He was involved in the communist movement of the sixties and was in the pro-China camp. When the Revolutionary Students Union was formed in 1970, he became its president.
After independence, Juno was elected a member of the central committee of the Leninist Communist Party. In 1974, he became the cultural affairs secretary of the United People's Party. When the Workers Party was formed in 1979, he became a member of the party's central committee.
Juno trained as a guerrilla during the Liberation War of 1971. He was working on making bombs at the time. He also took part in the resistance against the Pakistani occupation forces in Shibpur of Narsingdi.
In addition to his political activities, Juno has also played a role in building a progressive people-oriented cultural movement. He was the president of the Gano Sanskriti Front. He has also served as the general secretary of the Bangladesh-Cuba Solidarity Committee.