Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran

Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran (Bengali: বদর উদ্দিন আহমেদ কামরান; 1 January 1951 – 15 June 2020) was a Bangladeshi politician and the first mayor of Sylhet City, a role he was elected to twice. In 2013, he lost to Ariful Haque Choudhury by nearly 3,000 votes. He was also a member on the standing Committee of Awami League. He died on 15 June 2020 from COVID-19 at the age of 69.

Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran
1st Mayor of Sylhet
In office
12 April 2003 – 09 May 2013
Prime MinisterBegum Khaleda Zia
Sheikh Hasina
Preceded byAriful Haque Choudhury
Personal details
Born1 January 1951
Sylhet, East Bengal, Dominion of Pakistan
Died15 June 2020(2020-06-15) (aged 69)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Cause of deathCOVID-19
Political partyAwami League

Early lifeEdit

Kamran was born on 1 January 1951. He was elected ward commissioner of Sylhet in 1973, when he was still a high school student.[1]

CareerEdit

Kamran was elected Chairman of Sylhet municipality board in 1995. From 1989 to 2002, he served as the General Secretary of Sylhet city unit of Awami League.[1] He became the mayor of Sylhet city by defeating Muhammad Abdul Haque in March 2003; In which Kamran won the election by more than 20,000 votes.[2] He became the President of Sylhet City unit of Awami League.[1] In 2005, while he was inaugurating a tennis court, members of Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami Bangladesh threw grenades at him, in an attempt to assassinate him. In November 2008, six members of Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami Bangladesh were charged with attempting to assassinate him.[3]

Since then Kamran won the 2008 election, even though he was imprisoned, as the people have high adoration for him. He was also released from prison and had even travelled to London recently with the current prime minister Sheikh Hasina as part of her delegation. As with many politicians, there are allegations of political corruption he may have been involved with. Kamran was arrested in connection with the Kitchen Market Graft case.[4][5]

Although he obtained bail in the case, Kamran was being detained in another case filed under the Emergency Powers Rules. The Prothom Alo published a series of reports of Kamran's corruption during his time in office.[6] Albeit he submitted his nomination form in order to compete for the 2008 mayoral election run. He was viewed by voters as being unjustly targeted by the military backed Caretaker government.[7] Kamran was re-elected mayor in a landslide election victory, and he had received more than 83,000 votes than his opponent. On 17 August 2008, he was moved from Comilla Central Jail to Sylhet Central Jail. He resigned from Awami League on 31 August and on 5 September 2008, he was released on bail from jail.[8]

Kamran lost the mayoral election in 2013 to Ariful Haque Choudhury, and he also contested the mayoral election again in 2018 and lost to Ariful Haque Choudhury.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Kamran was married to Asma Kamran.[2] Asma tested positive for COVID-19 with her husband in 2020.[10] Kamran had returned to Bangladesh from the United Kingdom on 5 March 2020. Despite being required to be in quarantine, he was seen attending a number of political programs in Dhaka and Sylhet.[11] He afterwards apologized for violating quarantine.[12]

DeathEdit

Kamran died on 15 June 2020 at the Combined Military Hospital, Dhaka. He tested positive for COVID-19 during the COVID-19 pandemic in Bangladesh on the 5 June 2020 and was admitted to Sylhet Shamsuddin Ahmed Hospital. As his condition deteriorated, on 7 June 2020 he was transferred to Combined Military Hospital, Dhaka by air ambulance. He was pronounced dead on 15 June 2020 at 3;43am while being treated at Combined Military Hospital, Dhaka. Later he was buried in his hometown, Sylhet.[13][14][15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Former mayor of Sylhet City Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran dies at 69". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 2020-06-15.
  2. ^ a b "Daylife photo (Reuters)". Archived from the original on 2012-02-19. Retrieved 2009-03-23.
  3. ^ "6 Huji members charge sheeted in Sylhet mayor attack case". The Daily Star. 2008-11-07. Retrieved 2020-06-15.
  4. ^ "... Sylhet Mayor Kamran arrested again..." The Daily Star. 29 May 2007.
  5. ^ "Sylhet City mayor Badar Uddin Kamran arrested". United News of Bangladesh. 6 April 2007.
  6. ^ "sylheter mayorer joto durniti". Prothom Alo (in Bengali). 3–4 July 2008.
  7. ^ "Kamran looks stronger from behind bars". The Daily Star. 2008-08-03. Retrieved 2020-06-15.
  8. ^ "Mayor Kamran freed on bail". The Daily Star. 2008-09-05. Retrieved 2020-06-15.
  9. ^ "People elected me braving conspiracy". The Daily Star. 2018-08-12. Retrieved 2020-06-15.
  10. ^ "Sylhet mayor in quarantine, ex-mayor's wife affected". New Age. Retrieved 2020-06-15.
  11. ^ "AL leader Kamran violates home quarantine, attends program with PM". Dhaka Tribune. 2020-03-19. Retrieved 2020-06-15.
  12. ^ "Kamran apologises for violating self-quarantine". New Age. Retrieved 2020-06-15.
  13. ^ "Former mayor of Sylhet City Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran dies at 69". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 2020-06-15.
  14. ^ "Covid-19: Ex-Sylhet mayor Kamran airlifted to Dhaka". The Business Standard. 2020-06-07. Retrieved 2020-06-15.
  15. ^ "Former Sylhet mayor Kamran to undergo plasma therapy". Dhaka Tribune. 2020-06-08. Retrieved 2020-06-15.