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President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed their deep shock at the death of veteran Awami League leader and former minister Suranjit Sengupta on Sunday.

“Suranjit Sengupta was not only a political leader but also a veteran parliamentarian. He played a significant role in framing the county’s first constitution,” the president said in a condolence message.

In a condolence message, the premier recalled the checkered political career of Suranjit Sengupta, saying that his death is an irreparable loss to the country`s political arena.

“The prime minister prayed for salvation of the departed soul and conveyed profound sympathy to the bereaved family members.

Sengupta, the chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, died of lung cancer at Labaid Hospital in Dhaka early today. He was 72.

A member of Awami League Advisory Council, Sengupta previously served as the railways minister.