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Scientist and former head of the Department of Zoology, Aligarh Muslim University, PROF MUMTAZ AHMAD KHAN’s demise has been widely condoled. Prof Khan died recently. A distinguished product of AMU, Khan had also gone to London for higher studies on British Council Scholarship. Many of his research papers had been published in prominent national and international journals. 15 scholars had completed their theses under his guidance. He was also a member of Indian Science Congress.
Former vice-chairman of Football Federation of India (FFI) and chairman of Andhra Pradesh Football Association, NAWAB ALIF KHAN died after a brief illness on July 22 in Hyderabad. He was 70. Priya Ranjan Das Munshi, member of Parliament and FFI president, Alberto Kolaso, secretary of FFI, its treasurer AR Khalid and members of executive council of FFI have expressed deep sorrow over his demise.
REHANA SIDDIQUI, daughter of Muhammad Mateen Tarique of Baghpat district of Uttar Pradesh died of cardiac arrest on July 24 in a Mumbai hospital. She was involved in Dawah activities. Muhammad Mateen Tarique is a member of Baghpat cell of Jamat-e- Islami and has more than 100 books to his credit. State cabinet minister Kaukab Hameed has condoled her death and consoled the bereaved family.
Social activist HAJI SULAIMAN of Mandawli, Delhi died on July 5. He had been ill for two months and was admitted to Deepak Memorial Hospital last month and was discharged from the hospital shortly after some recovery. 90-year old cheerful Haji Sulaiman was a Hafiz-e-Qur’an and a man of good manners. He was laid to rest in Mayur Vihar graveyard. He is survived by two sons and four daughters.
MAULANA SYED ZAHIRUDDIN AHAMD ZAIDI of Aligarh died after prolonged illness in Delhi's Apollo Hospital on July 8. The Maulana was member of a few local organisations and was actively involved in community service. A condolence meeting was held in Aligarh to pay tribute to him. He was laid to rest on July 9.
Army Subadar ATIQUR RAHMAN who died in terrorists’ attack in sector 3 of Jammu and Kashmir, was laid to rest in his native village Rampur Bajha in Partapgarh district of Uttar Pradesh on July 18 with full military honours. Hundreds of people participated in his funeral. Atiqur Rahman fought tooth and nail with terrorists killing three of them, but at last he was martyred. After spending two months’ leave at home, he went on his duty on June 18 which turned out to be his last journey. Meanwhile, absence of the district collector and police captain and other high ranking officials including BSP minister of Khadi Gram Udyog who was present in the town, has been widely condemned.
HAMSARI BEGUM, mother of Dr Muhammad Khalid Siddiqui, patron of Al-Hikmah Foundation, a Delhi based charitable society, died on July 15 at the ripe age of 80. She is survived by two sons and two daughters. A condolence meeting was held at the Foundation’s central office in Zakir Nagar of New Delhi.