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DSCC, DNCC declare holiday as Khoka’s body arrive on Thursday

  • Published at 02:27 am November 7th, 2019
Sadeque Hossain Khoka
File photo of Sadeque Hossain Khoka Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

All activities of the city corporations and their regional offices will remain closed on Thursday

Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) declared on Thursday a holiday as a mark of respect to former mayor of now defunct Dhaka City Corporation Sadeque Hossain Khoka.

The body of the BNP leader is expected to arrive in Dhaka from the USA this morning in an Emirates flight, said his son Ishraque Hossain.

All activities of the city corporations and their regional offices will remain closed on Thursday, reports UNB.

Ishraque said his father's first namaz-e-janaza was held at the Jamaica Muslim Centre, New York, on Monday night.

BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, after a meeting of senior party leaders at their headquarters on Wednesday, told reporters that BNP will mourn the death of Sadeque Hossain Khoka across the country.

He said BNP Standing Committee member Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku will receive Khoka’s coffin at the airport.

The BNP leader said a total of four janazas – in front of South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad at 11am, BNP central office after Zuhr prayers, at the Nagar Bhaban at 3pm and in Dhupkhola field after Asr prayers – will be held in the capital on Thursday for the ex-Dhaka mayor.

Besides, he said, the body will be kept at the Central Shaheed Minar from 12pm-1pm for people to pay their last respect.

From Nagar Bhaban, Rizvi said Khoka’s body will be taken to his Gopibagh residence and after that Khoka will be buried at the Jurain Graveyard beside the graves of his parents as per his last wish.

Sadeque Hossain Khoka, 67, also a freedom fighter, had long been suffering from cancer, and died at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York around 1:50pm (BST) on Monday.

Khoka is survived by his wife, sons and a host of relatives, and well-wishers.