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Bangla Academy DG Habibullah Sirajee laid to rest

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Bangla Academy Director General Habibullah Sirajee was laid to rest at the Azimpur graveyard in the capital on Tuesday (May 25).

The Ekushey Padak-winning poet passed away at 11:00pm on Monday at a hospital in the capital. He was 72. The body of Sirajee was taken from his Dhanmondi residence to the Bangla Academy at 10:00 am for everyone to pay their last respect. His first namaz-e-janaza was held there. He was laid to rest at Azimpur Graveyard after his second namaz-e-janaza there.

Bangla Academy Secretary AHM Lokman said the Director General was on life support at the Bangladesh Specialized Hospital since April 27 due to stomach-related complications.

Sirajee was hospitalised on April 25 and shifted to the ICU due to severe complications in his intestine and the digestive system. A medical board was formed for his treatment. The poet had undergone an operation on April 27.

He had other health complications including peptic ulcer.

Poet Sirajee took charge as the director general of Bangla Academy on December 20, 2018.

He was conferred with the Ekushey Padak in 2016 and Bangla Academy Literary Award in 1991 for his contribution to poetry.

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