Abul Khair (Bengali intellectual)

Abul Khair (1929 – 14 December 1971) was a Bengali educator.[1]

Abul Khair
আবুল খায়ের
Died14 December 1971(1971-12-14) (aged 41–42)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Alma materUniversity of Dhaka

Education and careerEdit

Khair joined the department of history of the University of Dhaka in 1955 as a lecturer. He did his Ph.D. on foreign policy in the United States as regards the Indian subcontinent from 1937 to 1947. An enthusiastic supporter of the independence movement of Bangladesh, he was an activist inside the university organizing movements for the autonomy of the university and the non-cooperation movement.[1]


Khair was picked up by the Pakistani army sometime in August 1971, together with a few of the other Dhaka University teachers. That time he was released after a month. He stayed back in his university flat from where he was picked up by the Al Badrs on 10 December, never to return. He was murdered.[1] Khair's mutilated body was found gagged and blindfolded with a bedsheet 21 days later at an abandoned brick kiln at Rayer Bazar. It was his wife Sayeda's chador that led to his identity being established.[2] He was buried in the compound of the Dhaka University Central mosque. [3]

On the same site at Rayer Bazar lay bodies of dozens of other intellectuals killed in the same way.[2]

On 3 November 2013, Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin, a Muslim leader based in London, and Ashrafuz Zaman Khan, based in the US, were sentenced in absentia after the court found that they were involved in the abduction and murders of 18 people—nine Dhaka University teachers (including Dr. Khair), six journalists and three physicians—in December 1971.[4]


Grave of Abul Khair by the side of Dhaka University central mosque.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Roy, Ajay. "Homage to my martyr colleagues". Mukto Mona. Mukto Mona. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
  2. ^ a b Khan, Morshed Ali (14 December 2006). "The loss is never recoverable". The Daily Star. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  3. ^ Banglapedia
  4. ^ Chowdhury, Syed Tashfin (3 November 2013). "UK Muslim leader Chowdhury Mueen Uddin sentenced to death in Bangladesh". The Independent. Archived from the original on 2022-05-06. Retrieved 7 November 2013.