Journalist Mozammel Haque ‘Geduchacha’ no more
DOT Desk: Journalist and freedom fighter Khandaker Mozammel Haque, who used to write columns under the pen name Geduchacha, has passed away at the age of 71 while undergoing treatment at a Badda hospital. “Having Covid-19 symptoms, Mozammel Haque breathed his last around 4pm at a private hospital in Badda. He had been undergoing treatment at the hospital’s ICU since June 27,” said Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) President QuddusAfrad, reports BSS. Mozammel, who was also an executive body member of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), is survived by wife, two daughters, and three sons. His body will be taken to his village residence in Feni following a namaz-e-janaza in front of his Segunbagicha residence at 9am yesterday.
 The freedom fighter will be laid to rest at a graveyard at his village residence in Feni, family sources said. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in a condolence message, expressed profound shock and sorrow at the death of Haque who was the editor of the weekly Surjadoy, and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family. Information Minister and Awami League Joint General Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud also mourned the death of Haque who also edited another weekly named Ajker Surjadoy.
In a condolence message, he recalled the life and work of Haque, praying for eternal peace of his departed soul.
In the 1980s, during the regime of General HM Ershad, Mozammel Haque attained huge fame by penning columns in the weekly Sugandha under the title ‘Gedu Chachar Khola Chithi’.
In that column, he portrayed different problems and crisis of the society, gave suggestions what to do to overcome those obstacles, and criticized the then government.
Haque was serving as the president of Chittagong division journalists’ association and an adviser of Feni Journalists’ Forum (Dhaka).