Hefazat chief Ahmad Shafi no more

Shah Ahmad Shafi, amir of Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh, who was on life support and was flown to Dhaka just hours back, died while he was being treated at Asgar Ali Hospital this evening.

General Secretary of Islami Oikyajote Mufti Faizullah confirmed the matter to The Daily Star.

Ahmad Shafi passed away around 6:30pm, he added.

“Shafi was rushed to Chattogram Medical College Hospital (CMCH) on Thursday night and admitted to the ICU unit as his pressure and pulse rate decreased. A medical board was formed for his treatment who suggested he should be moved to Dhaka for better treatment,” Dr Aftabul Islam, deputy director of CMCH told The Daily Star.

“A helicopter landed at CMCH hostel grounds around 4:27pm today to fly him to Dhaka’s Asgar Ali Hospital,” the doctor said.

On Thursday night, Ahmad Shafi resigned from the post of director general of Al Jameyatul Ahlia Darul Ulum Moinul Islam Madrasa, popularly known as Hathazari madrasa, following the student unrest over the last two days. Soon after his resignation, he was taken to CMCH as his physical condition deteriorated.

Quoting family members, Dr Aftabul said Shafi mentally broke down following the recent unrest at the madrasa.