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Outrage over Anwar Hossain’s burial without state honours

  • Published at 11:30 pm December 3rd, 2018
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Hundreds of people bid farewell to legendary photographer Anwar Hossain at the Central Shaheed Minar on Monday, December 3, 2018 Rajib Dhar/ Dhaka Tribune

Anwar’s body was taken to Shaheed Minar earlier on Monday morning  

Acclaimed photographer Anwar Hossain was laid to eternal rest at the Martyred Intellectuals’ Graveyard in the capital’s Mirpur area on Monday without being given state honour. 

This sparked outrage among the eminent personalities who were present during the photographer’s burial.

When asked what could have caused this, cultural personality and film director Nasir Uddin Yousuf Bachchu said he had talked to several individuals at concerned ministries about laying him to rest with a full and formal state burial.  There was initial agreement but was later not followed through, citing some sort of instruction from ministry.

“The reason might be that he was not a listed freedom fighter. Anwar never wanted to be listed as he believed he was only performing his duty during the 1971 Liberation War,” he added.   

Asked about their initiatives for paying tribute to Anwar Hossain who was a freedom fighter, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq said if he were a listed freedom fighter he would certainly get it, but if he was not, then who will take the responsibility of verifying where he had taken part in the war.

Another famed photographer, Nasir Ali Mamun, said very few people knew the person behind several renowned photos Anwar had taken during the 1971 war. 

“His legacy could be an inspiration for aspiring photographers,” he said.

Staff photojournalist of Associated Press (AP) Pavel Rahman said it is very unfortunate that he was not given a state burial only for not being listed as a freedom fighter. 

Anwar’s body was taken to Shaheed Minar earlier on Monday morning  where the public paid tribute to him for the final time.