DHAKA, Jan 23, 2017 (BSS)- Mahfuzul Bari, the 22nd accused in the historic Agartala Conspiracy Case and a close associate of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, died of a heart attack in the capital today.
"Mahfuzul Bari, a former central committee member of Bangladesh Awami League, breathed his last at Mirpur Heart Foundation Hospital in the city this morning following a heart attack," Prime Minister's Deputy Press Secretary Ashraful Alam Khokan told BSS.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock at the death of Mahfuzul Bari, also an ex-general secretary of Awami Secchasebak League central committee led by Abdur Razzak.
In a condolence message, the premier recalled with deep gratitude the contributions of the former central leader of Awami League after post-75 period.
Sheikh Hasina prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed profound sympathy to the bereaved family.
Mahfuzul Bari, a former member of Pakistan Air Force, was arrested in the Agartala Conspiracy Case in November 1967 and was released with Bangabandhu on February 22 in 1969, the PM's deputy press secretary said.
A valiant freedom fighter, Bari fought for independence in the sector No. 2 during the War of Liberation, Khokan said.
He moved to Kolkata in protest against the killing of Bangabandhu on August 15 in 1975.
Mahfuzul Bari later went to Canada and started living there. He returned home a month ago, the PM's deputy press secretary said.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)