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Veteran Bangladeshi  Politician Manik Passes Away


Senior politician and Gana Forum's general secretary, Saif Uddin Ahmed Manik, died on Sunday at a city hospital. He was 69.

The leftist politician was diagnosed with cancer last year and taken to Singapore for treatment. He was brought back to Dhaka two weeks ago and admitted to the Comfort Hospital on January 24.

Manik was the general secretary of the Communist Party of Bangladesh for many years until the party split in the early 1990s. He broke away from the party due to ideological differences and later chose to join a party launched by Dr Kamal, who had earlier left the Awami League.

He had led a number of organisations throughout his career and was involved in establishing Chhayanaut, the leading cultural organisation.
He was a trade union leader and worked hard to organise the workers of the now closed Adamjee Jute Mills.

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