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Kakon Bibi laid to rest with state honour

Valiant freedom fighter Nurjahan Kakon Bibi, Bir Protik, was laid to rest with state honour at her village home in Jhirargaon of Doarabazar upazila in Sunamganj district after Asr prayers today.

Kakon Bibi breathed her last yesterday night at Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College and Hospital at the age of 103 due to old age complications, BSS reported.

She left behind a daughter and host of relatives as well as admirers to mourn her death.

People of all walks of life bade farewell to the valiant freedom fighter with state honour following a Namaz-e-Janaza on Laxmipur Union Health Complex premises around 3:30 pm.

Different political and socio-cultural organisations, imminent personalities paid their rich tributes to Kakon by placing wreaths at her coffin as the body was taken to her home from the hospital this morning.

Sunamganj Deputy Commissioner Sabirul Islam, Police Super Barkat Ullah Khan, Doarabazar Upazila Parishad Chairman Principal Idris Ali, Upazila Muktijouddha commander M Safor Ali , among others, attended the Namaz-e-Janaza.

Of the organisations which placed wreaths at Kakon Bibi’s coffin included: Sunamganj District Administration, Upazila Administration, Zila Muktijouddha Command Unit, Upazila Muktijouddha Command Unit and Union Parishad chairmen.

On Monday, she was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital due to serious health complications. She had long been suffering from asthma and heart diseases while she had an attack of pneumonia recently.

In 1971, Kakon Bibi was arrested and brutally tortured by Pakistani army because she worked as a war spy and fought against the Pakistan army. She fearlessly took part in some 20 battles including front fight.

Kakon Bibi sustained bullet wounds to her leg at the Ambari fight. She bore the bullet marks on her body until her death.

A family source said Kakon Bibi was born in a family of Khasia community in the Khasia hills of India. In 1970, she was married to Shahid Ali of Dirai upazila of Sunamganj. After marriage, the name was changed to Nurjahan Begum.

In 1996, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina honoured her. She was given a Bir Protik title for her outstanding contribution to the War of Liberation.

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