Tribute to Khoka: DSCC declares holiday today
Rumi Akter Polly of DOT
Paying tribute to last and former mayor of undivided Dhaka City Corporation Sadeque Hossain Khoka, Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) yesterday declared November 7 as
holiday, reports UNB. On the day, all activities of the city corporation and its regional offices will remain closed. Khoka, also BNP vice-chairman, died at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York on Monday. He was 67.
His namaz-e-janaza will be held at the city corporation premises around 3pm today
The body of the freedom fighter is expected to arrive in Bangladesh from US today morning.
A flight of Emirates Airline carrying his body left New York’s JF Kennedy Airport on Tuesday.
The first namaz-e-janaza of Khoka is scheduled to be held at the South Plaza of Parliament Complex around 11:00 am on the day, Syrul Kabir Khan, a staff of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s media wing, told The Daily Star.
Later, the body will be kept on the premises of the Central Shaheed Minar so that people from all classes and professions can pay their last respect to the departed soul.
After Zuhr prayer, the second namaz-e-janaza will be held in front of BNP Nayapaltan central office and the third one will be held at Dhaka South City Corporation premise around 3:00 pm.
The last namaz-e-janaza of Khoka will be held at Dhupkhola play ground on the same day and he will be buried at Jurain graveyard in the capital.
A namaz-e-janaza of the BNP leader was held at Jamaica Muslim Center in New York where a number of Bangladeshis living in the US joined there.
Ishraque Hossain, eldest son of Khoka, told The Daily Star over phone that his father wished to be buried at Jurain graveyard where his grandparents were laid to rest.
Khoka is survived by his wife Ismat Ara, daughter Sarika Sadeque, sons Ishraque, Isfaque Hossain and a host of relatives, followers and well-wishers to mourn his death.
He along with his wife went to the USA in 2014 for treatment while the validity of their passports expired in 2017.