Dhaka, Dec 25 -Thousands of mourners with tears of respect and
love assembled at the Central Saheed Minar Sunday afternoon and paid
their last homage to veteran Awami League leader and war hero Abdur
The mourners standing in long queue carrying miniature national flags
and bouquets waited for hours to pay their homage to this late
Leaders and workers of political parties including Awami League,
BNP, Jatiya Party, CPB, Workers Party, JSD,NAP and their front
organizations, teachers, students, lawyers, freedom fighters and
cultural activists all thronged the compound of the Central Shaheed
Minar and paid their rich tributes.
They placed wreaths at the coffin of Razzak ceremoniously till late
Many broke down in tears while remembering the contributions of this
downtrodden leader who fought for democracy and freedom throughout
his political career to establish a non-communal Bangladesh imbibed
with the spirit of the liberation war.
Earlier, the first namaj-e-janaza was held at the South Plaza of
Sangsad Bhaban and the second at the National Eidgah.
Innumerable people of all walks of life attended the namaj-e-janaza
and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.
President Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visited the
Gulshan residence of late Razzak and paid their last respect to the
The mortal remains of Razzak will be taken to his birthplace of
Damudya, Shariatpur tomorrow (Monday) morning where another
namaj-e-janaza will be held. The body will be flown back to Dhaka
Monday afternoon for burial at Banani graveyard at 4pm.
Earlier in the day mortal remains of Razzak arrived at Hazrat
Shahjalal International Airport at 12-20pm from London by a flight of
Biman Bangladesh Airlines.
Senior Awami League leaders including Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, Amir
Hossain Amu, Tofael Ahmed, Abdul Jalil, Sheikh Selim and Mahbubul
Alam Hanif and leaders of the 14-party alliance received his body at
From the airport, Razzak’s body was taken to his Gulshan residence.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Awami League began a two-day mourning programme
from today at the sad demise of its leader.
Leaders and workers of Awami League, its front wings and the 14-party
alliance wore black badges while AL flag was flown at half-mast and
black flags hoisted at Awami League offices across the country
including the party’s central office as a mark of respect to the
Razzak, who was a charismatic student leader in ‘60s and played a
significant role in organising anti-Ayub movement in erstwhile East
Pakistan, died at King’s College Hospital in London on Friday at 9:50
pm Bangladesh time.