Political leaders, activists pay tributes to Hannan Shah

Staff Correspondent

Leaders and activists of various political parties, particularly of Bangladesh Nationalist Party, paid their final tributes to BNP standing committee member, ASM Hannan Shah, in the capital, on Thursday.
Hannan Shah, a former lawmaker and also a former minister, died at Raffles Heart Center in Singapore on Tuesday. His body was brought home on Wednesday.
A good number of political leaders took part in several Namaj-e-Janazas (funeral prayers) in front of BNP central office at Nayapaltan, at south plaza of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban and Mohakhali DOHS mosque.
Hannan Shah is scheduled to be buried at his family graveyard at Ghagutia village of Kapasia in Gazipur district today after holding of three more Namaj-e-janazas at three places.
The first Namaj-e-janaza for the BNP leader was held at Mohakhali DOHS Jame mosque at 10:00 am followed by a similar prayer at south plaza of the parliament at 11:30 am, and third one in front of BNP central office, after Johr prayers.
A good number of leaders and activists of BNP, its front and associate organsations, and BNP-led alliance, took part in the funeral prayers in front of BNP’s central office.
BNP leaders, including, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Tariqul Islam, MK Anwar, Rafiqul Islam Mia, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Mirza Abbas, Abdullah Al Noman, Mohammad Shahjahan and Ahmed Azam Khan, the alliance leaders, including, Shafiul Alam Prodhan, Syed Mohammad Ibrahim, Fariduzzaman Farhad, Mustafizur Rahman Iran, Sheikh Zulfiqur Bulbul Chowdhury and Golam Mostafa Bhuiyan, took part in the funeral prayer.
Traffic movements halted on both side of the road in front of the BNP central office for about an hour due to the funeral prayer.
Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and other senior leaders put party flag and wreaths on the coffin of Hannan Shah, as tributes. Many leaders and activists of the party’s front and associate organisations paid their respects to their leader, too.
In his brief speech, Fakhrul said, Hannan Shah, also a retired army brigadier general, was not mere a soldier, he was a genuine soldier of democracy.
‘His contribution to the democratic movements of Bangladesh would be remembered forever,’ he said.
Fakhrul also announced a prayer session would be held tomorrow at the BNP central office after Asr prayers, seeking eternal peace for the departed soul.
Shah Reazul Hannan, the younger son of Hannan Shah, said a similar prayer session would be held at Mohakhali DOHS mosque tomorrow after Magreb prayers.
Chief whip ASM Firoz, on behalf of parliament and Nurul Islam on behalf of the leader of the opposition, placed their wreaths on the coffin at the south plaza of the parliament.
BNP leaders, including, Hafizuddin Ahmed and Shamsuzzaman Dudu placed wreaths on the coffin of Hannan Shah, on behalf of the party chairperson, Khaleda Zia.
BNP leaders Mahbubur Rahman, Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yusuf, Zainul Abdin Farroque, Abul Khaer Bhuiyan Nazim Uddin Alam and Awami League lawmaker Zahid Ahsan Russel, among others, participated in the funeral prayer at the south plaza.
Earlier, Bikolpodhara Bangladesh president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, Liberal Democratic Party president Oli Ahmed and Liberation War Affairs minister AKM Mozammel Huq, among others, took part in the janaza at Mohakhali DOHS mosque.
The last Janaza in Dhaka was held at Gausul Azam mosque at Mohakhali after Asr prayers that was attended among others by BNP leaders M Morshed Khan and Enam Ahmed Chowdhury.
The body of Hannan was kept at the mortuary of Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka.

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