Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Annisul Huq has passed away in a London hospital at the age of 65.
He died in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Wellington Hospital around 10:23pm Bangladesh time on Thursday, said a DNCC press release.
It said a namaz-e-janaza would be held at London’s Regent Park Mosque after the Jumma prayers on Friday.
On Saturday morning, a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight will carry his body back home. The flight is scheduled to land in Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 11:20am, the press note said.
He will be buried at the Banani graveyard following another namaz-e-janaza at the Army Stadium after Asr prayers.
The businessman-turned-mayor had gone to the UK on July 29 on family business. He was admitted to the National Neuroscience Hospital in London after falling unconscious during medical tests for neurological problems on August 13.
Annisul was later diagnosed with cerebral vasculitis, an inflammation of the blood vessel wall in the brain.
He was admitted at the hospital's ICU for weeks for treatment. As his condition improved, he was shifted to the hospital’s rehabilitation centre on October 31.
However, Annisul was taken to the ICU of Wellington Hospital on Tuesday when his condition deteriorated.
Earlier on Thursday, quoting a text message from Annisul’s only son Navidul Huq in London, his Personal Secretary Mizanur Rahman said the mayor had been put on life support on Monday, reported UNB.
Later, doctors found infection in his lungs.
According to his family members, doctors removed the ventilation apparatus from his mouth around 4:23pm London time, declaring him dead, BSS reported.
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Annisul, who led apex trade bodies like the BGMEA and the FBCCI and was also a former TV show host, was elected the mayor of Dhaka North on Awami League ticket in 2015.
Expressing shock, President Md Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor, LGRD Minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Law Minister Anisul Huq, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal and Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, among others, issued statements mourning Annisul’s death.
"The nation has lost an eminent businessman, a successful industrialist and a politician in his death,” the president said in his message, reports BSS.
In her message, the prime minister recalled with profound respect Annisul’s contributions to the development of Dhaka North City Corporation area.
She said the mayor had taken many steps for the welfare of the people of DNCC. "He will be ever remembered for his extraordinary work."
“Annisul was a good man who had a great many plans for his city and had already done a lot in the little time he had. Our thoughts are with his family. May he rest in eternal peace,” Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor told the Dhaka Tribune.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and Opposition Leader Raushon Ershad have also expressed grief over the death of Annisul in separate messages.
In her message of condolence, Khaleda said: "Annisul was very popular for his hard work and modesty. He proved his competence to fulfill the responsibilities given on him."
Many government officials, politicians and celebrities including State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam, Annisul's family friend Dr Abdun Noor Tushar and former Bangladesh Chhatra League general secretary Siddique Nazmul Alam also took to Facebook to mourn Annisul’s death.