Tuesday, January 28, 2020 | ePaper

Ershad laid to rest in Rangpur

  • Print
Staff Reporter :
Jatiya Party (JaPa) Chairman and former President Hussain Muhammad Ershad was finally laid to eternal rest at Polli Nibash in his hometown of Rangpur on Tuesday evening.
The funeral processes were completed with the state honour around 6:05 pm in Rangpur under the supervision of the Bangladesh Army, reports Our Rangpur Correspondent.
Meanwhile, JaPa has issued a statement saying that Raushon Ershad, the deputy leader of the opposition in parliament, gave permission to bury her husband in Rangpur.
"It's not possible to ignore the love and affection of the mass people of Rangpur for former President HM Ershad. So, the decision to bury him in Rangpur was taken considering the love and sentiment of the people of Rangpur," a JaPa statement reads. Earlier, a helicopter of Bangladesh Air Force carrying the coffin of Ershad landed at Rangpur Cantonment around 11:30am. The fourth and final namaz-e-janaza of Ershad was held at Central Collectorate Eidgah in Rangpur around 2:30pm with the participation of thousands of people.
Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq, JaPa Acting Chairman and Ershad's brother GM Quader, Party Secretary General Moshiur Rahman Ranga, former Secretary General Ruhul Amin Hawlader and Ershad's son Rahgir Al Mahi Shad Ershad, among others, were present on the occasion.
Earlier, Jatiya Party Acting Chairman GM Guader, Secretary General Moshiur Rahman Ranga, former Secretary General Ruhul Amin Hawlader and Ershad's son Rahgir Al Mahi Shad Ershad, among others, accompanied the body.
Later, military men carried ex-army chief and five-time MP, Ershad's coffin, draped with an Army flag, near the grave around 5:35pm. A life sketch of the Jatiya Party Chairman was read out before observing a one-minute silence for him.
Huge Army personnel took position around the prepared grave before the burial to maintain discipline as thousands of people gathered there to bid farewell to their beloved leader.
On Sunday, Ershad died at the age of 89. The day JaPa leaders decided that he would be buried at Banani military graveyard in Dhaka. Contrarily local leaders and activists of JaPa urged Ersahd's family to bury him at his residence in Rangpur.
Ershad's younger brother and JaPa Acting Chairman GM Quader earlier in the day announced that Ershad would be burried in Rangpur to respond to the demand of local leaders and activists.
Later, expressing heartfelt gratitude to the people of Rangpur for their emotion, love and respect to HM Ershad, his wife Rowshan Ershad gave her consent for Ershad's burial in Rangpur, said a press release of the JaPa.
Rowshan Ershad also requested the people, who were present there at that time of Ershad's janaza, for keeping a piece of land so that she would be buried beside her husband.
Earlier, Ershad breathed his last around 7:45 am on Sunday while undergoing treatment at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka.
His first janaza was held at the Army Central Mosque in Dhaka on Sunday while two other janazas were held on Monday.
Ershad's qulkhwani will be held on Wednesday at Gulshan's Azad mosque in Dhaka.
He was admitted to the CMH on June 26 as he had been suffering from various old-age complications, including low haemoglobin, kidney and liver problem, high bilirubin and serious keen pain.

More News For this Category

All hospitals asked to open isolation unit

At least 81 people have died after the deadly Coronavirus broke out in China The Health Service Division has issued an order to all the public hospital authorities across the

Coronavirus deaths hit 81 : Global concern mounts

Coronavirus deaths hit 81 : Global concern mounts

News Desk :Health officials around the world are sounding the alarm over the rapid spread of deadly coronavirus that has led to an outbreak of pneumonia in central China.With cases

Special flights to bring back BD men likely

Staff Reporter :Bangladesh will evacuate its citizens from China following outbreak of deadly coronavirus.The government will arrange a special flight to bring Bangladeshi citizens back from the Chinese city of

Mysterious fever kills 2 of a family

Our Correspondent :A woman and her nephew died of fever in a village of Munshiganj district, creating panic among locals.Lauhajong Upazila administration officials and a medical team of the Upazila

13 abducted Rohingya women rescued

Staff Reporter :The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) rescued 13 young Rohingya women and arrested two suspected traffickers in a drive from a flat in the city's Aftabnagar area on Sunday

Level-playing field still elusive

Staff Reporter :A BNP delegation on Monday met with Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda and alleged of having no level-playing field ahead of the upcoming Dhaka north and

100 bodies found

AP :A passenger plane from Afghanistan's Ariana Airlines crashed Monday in a Taliban-held area of the eastern Ghazni province, local officials said.Arif Noori, spokesman for the provincial governor, said the

Tabith pledges smart Dhaka

Tabith pledges smart Dhaka

BNP's Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) mayoral candidate Tabith Awal on Monday unveiled his election manifesto promising to turn Dhaka into a sustainable world-class city.He outlined a 19-point manifesto in

Snakes source of virus

The News, Beijing :Snakes-the Chinese krait and the Chinese cobra-may be the original source of the newly discovered coronavirus that has triggered an outbreak of a deadly infectious respiratory illness

 Wari student run over by WASA tanker

Wari student run over by WASA tanker

Staff Reporter :A Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinee died after being run over by a water tanker of WASA near the Baldha Garden in the city's Wari area on Monday.