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Tariqul Islam laid to rest in Jessore

  • Published at 11:32 pm November 5th, 2018
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Thousands flock to Town Hall field to have a last glimpse of the late leader BNP standing committe member Tariqul Islam in Jessore on Monday, November 5, 2018 Courtesy

Tariqul was buried at the Karbala graveyard in the district town around 4:45pm following his fourth and final namaz-e-janaza at Central Eidgah after Asr prayers

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) standing committee member and former minister Tariqul Islam was laid to rest in Jessore on Monday.

Tariqul was buried at the Karbala graveyard in the district town around 4:45pm following his fourth and final namaz-e-janaza at Central Eidgah after Asr prayers, reports UNB.

BNP standing committee member Tariqul died Sunday afternoon at a city hospital at the age of 72.

Family members of Tariqul, top BNP leaders and thousands of the party activists attended thefuneral.

Tariqul, who had long been suffering from heart and kidney diseases, diabetics and old-age complications, breathed his last at Apollo Hospitals in Dhaka on Sunday.

His body was flown to Jessore Air Port at 2:35pm by a helicopter and then taken to his home at Ghope in the town.

Later, it was brought to the Town Hall field where people in thousands gathered to have a last glimpse of the late leader. 

From the Town Hall, the body was taken to the Eidgah for his final janaza.

BNP Standing Committee member Abdul Moyeen Khan and party Vice Chairman Netai Roy Chowdhury, on behalf of party Chairperson Khaleda Zia, paid tributes to Tariqul by placing wreaths at his coffin.

Local MPs, leaders of Awami League and other parties also paid respects by placing wreaths at his coffin. The namaz-e-janaza was held at around 4:30pm.

The first namaz-e-janaza was held at a mosque in Shantinagar on Sunday night, second in front of BNP's headquarters at Naya Paltan at around 10am and the third janaza was held at the South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban in the capital at around 11:15am on Monday.

BNP, led by party senior leaders, paid last respects to him by placing wreaths at his coffin in front of its central office. They observed a mourning day on Monday by hoisting black flags and keeping the party flag at half-mast atop its offices across the country. They also wore black badges.

Tariqul had long been inactive in party politics due to his illness. He last attended a BNP standing committee members' meeting in February this year before Khaleda was sent to jail in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.

He was elected MP four times from Jessore and performed as information and environment and forest minister during the BNP-led four-party government.

Tariqul was made social welfare minister and later posts and telecommunications minister, when BNP formed the government in 1991.

Born in Jessore in November 1946, Tariqul was the first elected chairman of Jessore municipality.