Jamshedpur, August 29: Writer, humanitarian, teacher and counted among the personalities of Jamshedpur, Mumtaz Hashmi breathed his last at 1.45 pm on Saturday.
83-year-old Mumtaz was associated with Karim City College and his writing skills along with interest in films and Urdu Journalism made him famous in Jamshedpur.
Mumtaz�s proximity with Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan alias Frontier Gandhi during latter�s visit to Jamshedpur was the talk of the town. People say that Mumtaz Hashmi was very close to Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan.
Born in 1932, Hashmi completed his education from Kashidih High School and RD Tata High School. During World War 2 in 1942 he went to jail for the first time at the age of 10. He was jailed with Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan in Haripur Central Jail, Pakistan.
Hashmi was also a participant in the series of movements that was flagged off by leaders Jayaprakash Narayan and Vinoba Bhave.
Hashmi worked as a teacher in the education department of Tata Steel in 1951. Former manager of Karim Talkies and a member of the Jharkhand Cinema Exhibitors Association, Mumtaz Hashmi is survived by his two sons and a daughter.
�His last rites will be performed on Monday after my husband Dawar comes back from Saudi Arabia�, informed Hashmi�s daughter in law Shahida. Dawar is Hashmi�s eldest son. His father and brother were freedom fighters.