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Patuakhali’s first independence flag raiser dies on eve of Victory Day

Freedom Fighter Altaf Haider, who first raised independent Bangladesh’s flag in Patuakhali, died due to old age complications at his residence in Mirzaganj upazila on Tuesday. He was 83.

The Freedom Fighter breathed his last around 9:45pm at his residence in Deulia village.

His death came just the night before the nation’s 50th Victory Day.

He left behind his wife, six daughters, two sons and a host of relatives to mourn his death.

Freedom Fighter Altaf will be laid to rest at his family graveyard after Zohr prayer following a Namaz-e-Janaza.

On December 8, 1971, Altaf hoisted flag at Shaheed Alauddin Sishu Park in Patuakhali district town.

The nation is celebrating the 50th Victory Day with elaborate programmes paying deep homage to the martyrs who laid down their lives for the country during the Liberation War.

Bangladesh was born as an independent country on this day in 1971 after the Pakistani occupation forces surrendered following a bloody nine-month war in which millions of lives were lost and hundreds of thousands of women were dishonoured.

Along with the government, different socio-political, educational and cultural institutions and organisations have chalked out a series of programmes to celebrate the day. Bangladeshis at home and abroad will celebrate the day.

Source: United News of Bangladesh