Prof Ajoy Roy dies at 84

Published: December 09, 2019 14:35:48 | Updated: December 09, 2019 17:11:00

Prominent Professor Ajoy Roy, the father of slain writer-blogger Avijit, has died in a Dhaka hospital at the age of 84.

The retired professor of physics at Dhaka University breathed his last while undergoing treatment at the capital’s BIRDEM General Hospital on Monday.

He was admitted to the hospital on November 25 with fever and breathing problems, bdnews24 earlier reported, citing his family and doctors.

The doctors had started giving Prof Ajoy artificial ventilation support two days later as his breathing problems deteriorated.

Founder of Shikkkha Andolan Mancha, Prof Ajoy was also one of the founders of Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee.

Two research works of the Ekushey Padak-winning physicist were reviewed by the Nobel Committee for Physics.

After retiring from Dhaka University’s physics department, he worked as the University Grants Commission Professor there.

The freedom fighter of 1971 Liberation War actively took part in the 1952 Language Movement and the 1969 Mass Uprising as well.

His elder son Avijit, a science writer who lived in the US, was hacked to death by Islamist militants at Shahbagh just after leaving the Amar Ekushey Book Fair on February 26, 2015, with his wife Rafida Ahmed Bonya, who was also injured in the assault.

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