Politicians from different parties paid their last tributes to military dictator-turned-politician Hussain Muhammad Ershad at his namaz-e-janaza and funeral programmes on Monday.
President Md Abdul Hamid, deputy speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah, ministers, members of parliament, senior political leaders placed wreaths on the coffin of Ershad in the morning, while being kept on a dais at the South Plaza of the Jatiya Sangsad.
Prime minister’s military secretary Major General Mia Mohammad Zainul Abedin paid tributes on her behalf.
Ruling Awami League and Jatiya Party also paid tributes to Ershad.
Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus on Monday in a condolence message expressed his sympathy with the bereaved family of Ershad and prayed for the salvation of his soul.
JP secretary-general Mashiur Rahman Ranga read out a biography of the country’s former president and the opposition leader of the current 11th Jatiya Sangsad.
His widow and JP senior co-chairperson Raushan Ershad, JP acting chairman GM Quader and Awami League leader Tofail Ahmed spoke on Ershad as a person at the programme.
Raushan requested the nation to forgive her late husband and urged them to pray for his soul.
Tofail praised Ershad as both an amiable and amicable person.
The tributes-paying ceremony was followed by his second namaz-e-janaza at the JS South Plaza.
After the janaza, Ershad’s body was taken to the JP office at Kakrail. Leaders and workers of the party and its wings paid homage to the party chairman.
General secretary of a Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal faction Abdul Malek Ratan placed wreath on the coffin of Ershad there at the behest of his party.
Following his third janaza at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque after Asr prayer, Ershad’s body was taken to the Dhaka Combined Military Hospital mortuary for preservation.
His body will be taken to Rangpur today for the fourth namaz-e-janaza. It is scheduled to be brought back to Dhaka today to be buried at the Military Graveyard at Banani according to his wish.
JP Rangpur district leaders at a press conference at the party office, however, expressed their determination to bury Ershad in Rangpur ‘even sacrificing their lives’, if necessary.
Rangpur city mayor and JP presidium member Mostafizar Rahman Mostafa said that they would not allow Ershad’s body to be taken to Dhaka again.
Ershad died on Sunday morning at the Dhaka Combined Military Hospital at the age of 89 following serious health complications.
His first namaz-e-janaza was held at the Dhaka Cantonment central mosque the same day.
The New Age correspondent in Rangpur reported the district JP leaders and activists had already begun the burial preparation for Ershad at Rangpur.
They started to dig a grave for him at his Rangpur residence ‘Palli Nibash’ while city mayor Mostafa was supervising the preparations, the correspondent added.
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