Syed Ashraf’s body reaches home today

Publish: 11:00 AM, January 5, 2019 | Update: 11:00:AM, January 5, 2019

DHAKA  – Amid grief and gloom and with people from all walks of life waiting to pay glowing tribute to Public Administration Minister and former Awami League (AL) general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam, his body reaches home today.

“Syed Ashraful Islam’s body will be flown to Dhaka around 6pm on Saturday by a flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines,” Anwarul Kabir, Member of AL’s Agriculture and Cooperatives Affairs Sub Committee, told BSS yesterday.

After receiving the body by his political colleagues and relatives at the airport, it will be taken to his official residence on Bailey road at 7pm. Later, the body will be kept at the mortuary of Combined Military Hospital (CMH) at 9pm.

On Sunday, the veteran politician’s first namaj-e-janaza will be held on the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban’s south plaza at 10.30am. Guard of honor will be given to him there.

On that day, his body will be taken to Kishoreganj, from where the veteran Awami League leader was elected member of parliament (MP) five times. There his second namaj-e-janaza will be held at old stadium ground in the district town at 12 noon.

Third namaj-e-janaza will be held at Mymensingh Anjuman Eidgah ground at 2pm.

Syed Ashraf, a popular figure in the arena of politics, will be laid to eternal rest at Banani graveyard in Dhaka at 4.30pm on Sunday.

He died at a hospital in Bangkok at the age of 68 on January 03.

He had been suffering from lung cancer for a long time. He is survived by a daughter to mourn his death.

Ashraf was born in Mymensingh in 1952. His father Syed Nazrul Islam was acting President of Mujibnagar Government in 1971 and one of the key figures of Bangladesh independence struggle.