Thousands paying last respects to Humayun at Shaheed Minar
The body of celebrated fiction writer, playwright and filmmaker Humayun Ahmed has been kept at Central Shaheed Minar for people to pay their last respects to him.
The body was taken to the Shaheed Minar around 10:25 am from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport. The body will be kept there until 2 pm.
Later, he will be buried either at Banani Graveyard or Martyred Intellectuals' Graveyard in Mirpur after second namaz-e-janaza at National Eidgah at 2:30 pm as his family members are yet to decide about the burial place.
Thousands of people from all walks of life, including Politicians, educationists, cultural personalities and leaders of different socio-cultural organisations, thronged the Central Shaheed Minar since morning to pay their last respects to the popular writer.
Earlier, a flight of Emirates Airlines carrying the body of Humayun Ahmed touched the runway of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at about 8:55 am.
Humayun's two brothers Dr Muhammad Zafar Iqbal and Ahsan Habib, son Nuhash and two daughters Shila and Nova received the body at the airport.
Foreign Secretary Mijarul Quayes, Joint General Secretary of Awami League Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif and State Minister for LGRD and Cooperatives Jahangir Kabir Nanak, and Special Assistant to the prime minister (Media) Mahbubul Haque Shakil and APS to the prime minister Saifuzzaman Shikhor also received the body on behalf of the government, ruling party and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina respectively.
Humayun's wife Meher Afroz Shaon, two sons Nishad and Ninith, mother-in-law Tahura Ali, sister-in-law Senjuti Afroz and publisher Mazharul Islam accompanied the body.
Earlier, permanent representative of Bangladesh to the UN Abdul Momen and hundreds of fans of Humayun were present at John F Kennedy Airport in New York when the flight took off for home at 11:20 pm (NY time) on Saturday.
The popular fiction writer's first janaza was held at the Jamaica Muslim Centre in New York after juma prayers on Friday. Several thousands fans and admirers joined the janaza to pray for the departed soul of their favourite writer.
Humayun Ahmed died at 11:30pm Thursday (Bangladesh time) at Bellevue Hospital, New York, after a nine-month battle against cancer, bringing the curtains down on an illustrious career of nearly four decades. He was 64.