Amir of Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh Allama Ahmed Shafi has passed away at the age of 105.
He was on life support and was flown to Dhaka this afternoon. He breathed his last at 6:30 pm on Friday while he was being treated at Asgar Ali Hospital in the capital.
General Secretary of Islami Oikyajote Mufti Faizullah confirmed the matter to media.
He was shifted to ICU of Chattogram Medical College Hospital (CMCH) after his condition deteriorated on Friday noon.
His family members decided to take him to Dhaka by air ambulance on Friday afternoon.
Earlier on Thursday night, Shafi was admitted to the hospital as he was feeling unwell.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of the Islamic scholar.
Earlier, Shafi stepped down as director general of Al Jamiatul Ahlia Darul Uloom Moinul Islam, known as the Hathazari Baro Madrasa, in Chattogram in the wake of protests dragging on for two days.