Don’t politicise Humayun’s funeral: BNP

Urging the government not to politicaise the funeral of legendary writer Humayun Ahmed, opposition BNP on Sunday demanded that the remains of the writer be buried either under arrangements by the state or his family.

""Humayun Ahmed was not asset of Awami League or BNP. Instead, he was the asset of the country… he was the favourite person of 16 crore people. We urge the government to arrange his burial under the state's supervision or that of his family instead of under the arrangement of any political organisation," opposition chief whip Zainul Abdin Farroque said.

He came up with the demand at a discussion at the Dhaka Reporters’ Unity.

Humayun Ahmed died on Thursday 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.

A flight of Emirates Airlines carrying the body of the prolific writer left New York for Dhaka at 9:26 am (Bangladesh time) on Sunday.

The flight is scheduled to land at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 8:40am Monday (BST).

His body will be taken to the Central Shaheed Minar for people to pay their last tributes. Later, Humayun’s body will be taken to National Eidgah for namaj-e-janaza. His body will be kept in the mortuary of Birdem Hospital overnight and will be buried on Tuesday.

Addressing the discussion, Farroque said they have heard that Sangskritik Jote, a pro-AL platform, is trying to supervise the burial of the popular writer.

"I want to urge the government not to politicise the burial programme of Humayun Ahmed. He has already passed away. Don’t make him dead for the second time," Farroque said.

Criticising the government for its failure to rein in the soaring prices of essentials, the BNP leader said the government-backed businessmen are making money by raising the prices at their sweat will.

Referring to the reports of international human rights bodies over the worsening human rights condition in Bangladesh, he said the government has made the elite force Rab controversial by using it for political purpose.

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