Journalist and renowned Poet Mashuk Chowdhury passes away

Mashuk Chowdhury, a renowned poet and Chief News Editor of Bangladesh Pratidin, died of pneumonia at a hospital in Dhaka early today.

The 73-year-old breathed his last around 1:30am at Rushmono Specialised Hospital, said Ashraful Haider Chowdhury, the journalist’s younger brother.

Mashuk Chowdhury left behind his wife, a daughter and host of relatives to mourn his death.

He had been undergoing treatment at the Pan Pacific Hospital in the city’s Shahjahanpur area since June 16 for pneumonia. He had tested negative for coronavirus.

He was later taken to Rushmono Hospital as his condition deteriorated around 12am, said Anisur Rahman, a reporter of Bangladesh Pratidin.

His first namaz-e-janaza was held at Hajipara while his second janaza was held at Uttar Madartek Baitullah Jam-e- mosque in the city this morning.

Later, he was buried at Madartek graveyard.

Mashuk Chowdhury studied Bangla at the Dhaka University and took on journalism as a profession.

He worked at daily Sangbad, daily Khabar, daily Desh and other newspapers.

Mashuk, also a poet, is renowned for his books ‘Muktijuddha Priyatama Amar’, ‘Nirbachito Kabita’, ‘Swarger Replica’ and ‘Nadir Naam Dushomoy’

Jatiya Press Club President Saiful Alam and General Secretary Farida Yasmin expressed deep shock at the demise of the senior journalist. They also conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family members.

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