Sayful Alam

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Sayful Alam
ছয়ফুল আলম
Member of the East Pakistan Legislative Assembly
In office
12 May 1962 – 1963
Preceded byFaizul Hasan
Succeeded byKhandakar Abdul Jalil
ConstituencyPE-113 (Sylhet-IV)
Chairman of the Gowainghat Upazila Council
In office
16 May 1985 – 16 May 1990
Preceded byPost established
Succeeded byDildar Hossain Selim
Personal details
Born7 March 1934
Gowainghat, Sylhet district, British Raj
Died14 January 1997(1997-01-14) (aged 62)

Muhammad Sayful Alam (Bengali: মোঃ ছয়ফুল আলম; 7 March 1934 – 14 January 1997) was a Bangladeshi politician and teacher.[1] He was a member of the East Pakistan Legislative Assembly.[2][3] He had made extensive contributions to the overall development of Gowainghat Upazila.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Sayful Alam was born on 7 March 1934, to a Bengali Muslim family in Purnanagar, Gowainghat, located in the Sylhet district of the British Raj. The family may have originally been from the nearby village of Rautgram in West Alirgaon Union. He passed his Intermediate of Arts in 1954, and earned his Bachelor of Arts two years later.[5]


Alam began his career as a teacher at the Gowainghat High School for two years. His entrance to politics started at the Basic Democracy elections held in 1959 under Ayub Khan's military rule. He became a member initially, and then later the uncontested chairman of the constituency. Alam participated in the May 1962 Basic Democracy elections, becoming a member of the East Pakistan Legislative Assembly, representing the PE-113 (Sylhet-IV) constituency.[5][6] According to Ehsanul Haq Jasim, Alam was convicted in a murder case eighteen months later and his seat became void. A by-election was held with Khandakar Abdul Jalil being nominated.[7] He was later found to be innocent. Gowainghat was made an upazila (sub-district) in 1983 as part of the President of Bangladesh Hussain Muhammad Ershad's decentralisation programme and Alam was appointed as the inaugural chairman of the Gowainghat Upazila Council in 1985.[8][9] Alam was also the elected founding chairman of the undivided Alirgaon Union.[4]

Death and legacy[edit]

Alam died on 14 January 1967 and was buried in the Purnanagar Graveyard. He had several children including Muazzam Husayn Ripon.[4] In 1999, the President of Bangladesh Hussain Muhammad Ershad visited Alam's grave along with Abdul Hannan and MP Nasir Ahmad of Derai-Sullah. The condition of the graveyard is presently not well preserved.[10]


  1. ^ Chowdhury, Hasan Ahmad (9 July 2020). "সিলেট ৪আসনে গ্যাস সংযোগ চাই মাননীয় মন্ত্রী ইমরান আহমদ এমপি". Time Sylhet (in Bengali).
  2. ^ Alphabetical List of Members (2 ed.). East Pakistan Government Press. 1963. p. 12.
  3. ^ Assembly Proceedings; Official Report. Vol. 26 (5 ed.). East Pakistan Government Press. 1967. p. VI.
  4. ^ a b c "সাবেক এমপি গোয়াইনঘাটের ছয়ফুল আলমের ২৩ তম মৃত্যু বার্ষিকী আজ" [Former MP Sayful Alam of Gowainghat's 23rd death anniversary is today]. Crime Sylhet. Gowainghat. 14 January 2020.
  5. ^ a b Nuruzzaman, Mohammad (1968). Who's who. Eastern Publications. p. 260.
  6. ^ The East Bengal Civil List. Vol. 9. East Bengal Government Press. 1963. p. XV.
  7. ^ Jasim, Ehsanul Haq (28 December 2018). "সিলেট-৫: একাল সেকাল". Sylhet Report. Retrieved 6 January 2022.
  8. ^ "পূর্বতন উপজেলা পরিষদের চেয়ারম্যান বৃন্দ". Goyainghat Upojela (in Bengali).
  9. ^ "উপজেলা নির্বাচনে গোইনঘাটে হাফ ডজন নেতার দৌড় ঝাপ". Dipto News (in Bengali). 6 January 2019.
  10. ^ Qais, Ghulam Ambiya (23 July 2017). "দৃষ্টিপাত" (in Bengali). Gowainghat Unnayan Sangram Parishad.