BNP leader Khoka’s body arrives at Dhaka airport

Staff Correspondent
7 November 2019, Thu
Published: 09:07 Updated: 11:58

BNP leader Khoka’s body arrives at Dhaka airport

The body of former undivided Dhaka City Corporation mayor and freedom fighter Sadeque Hossain Khoka arrived in Bangladesh from the US.

A flight of Emirates Airline carrying his body reached Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 8:30 am (Bangladesh time) on Thursday morning.

Earlier, the flight left New York's JF Kennedy Airport around 11:30 pm Tuesday (local time).

His first namaj-e-janaza in Bangladesh will be held at South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad at 11 am.

Later, his body will be kept at central Shaheed Minar from 12noon to 1 pm for all people to pay tribute to the politician.

His second namaj-e-janaza again will be held in front of the BNP central office at Nayapaltan in the capital after johr prayer.

His third namaj-e-janaza will be held at the Dhaka south city corporation headquarters at 3 pm and thereafter his body will be taken to his Gopibag residence in old Dhaka.

His final namaj-e-janza will be held at Dhupkhola field and then he will be buried beside his parents at Jurain graveyard of the capital according to his last wish.

Earlier, the namaz-e-janaza of Sadeque Hossain Khoka was held at Jamaica Muslim Heights in USA.

Earlier on Monday, Sadeque Hossain Khoka, 67, died in USA. He had long been suffering from cancer. He had been undergoing treatment at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York since October 18 for cancer with some other health complications.

The former mayor left his wife Ismat Ara, daughter Sarika Sadeque, sons Ishraque, Isfaque Hossain and a host of relatives, followers and well-wishers to mourn his death.

Sadeque Hossain Khoka along with his wife went to the USA in 2014 for treatment while the validity of their passports expired in 2017.