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He had other health complications including peptic ulcer.

Lokman said the body of Sirajee will be taken from his Dhanmondi residence to the Bangla Academy at 10:00am for everyone to pay their last respect. His first namaz-e-janaza will be held at Bangla Academy. He will be laid to rest at Azimpur graveyard after his second namaz-e-janaza there.

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

Born on 31 December, 1948 in Faridpur, the poet studied at the country’s apex engineering university BUET.

One of the founders and former president of Jatiya Kabita Parishad (National Poetry Council), Sirajee was conferred with the Ekushey Padak in 2016 and Bangla Academy Literary Award in 1991 for his contribution to poetry.

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