Sheikh Selim's son-in-law was also injured in the blast and later admitted to a local hospital, according to Imrul.
The body of Awami League Presidium member Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim’s grandson, Zayan Chowdhury, who was killed in a bomb attack in Sri Lanka on Sunday, is likely to arrive in Bangladesh around 11am tomorrow, Sheikh Selim’s Personal Assistant Imrul Haque confirmed.
Awami League acting general secretary Mahabubul Alam Hanif said the eight-year-old would be buried at Banani graveyard later in the day.
From Colombo, Bangladesh High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Riaz Hamidullah told Dhaka Tribune: “We are hoping to send Zayan’s body back to Dhaka on Tuesday, provided that all the local legal procedures are completed. As you know, there are 3-4 pages of legal procedures to be exhausted before a body can be repatriated.”
At least 290 people were killed and around 500 injured in bomb blasts that ripped through churches and luxury hotels in the Sri Lankan capital on Easter Sunday, the first major attack on the Indian Ocean island since the end of a civil war 10 years ago.
Zayan, one of the two sons of Sheikh Selim’s daughter, Sheikh Amena Sultana Sonia, died in an explosion at a hotel where the family was staying. Zayan’s father, Mashiul Haque Chowdhury, was also injured in the blast and later admitted to a local hospital, according to Imrul.
According to Sheikh Selim’s family members and close aides, Sonia, her husband Mashiul and their two sons, Zayan and Zohan, were staying at the hotel in Colombo on holiday.
During the explosion, Sonia and Zohan were in their room on the hotel’s sixth floor, while Mashiul and Zayan were at a restaurant on the ground floor.
After hearing the news of the incident, family members of Sheikh Selim flew to Colombo.
While Mashiul was rushed to a hospital for treatment, Zayan had initially been missing. Family members identified his body at a hospital in Colombo around 8pm on Sunday, Imrul added.
Addressing an event in Brunei on Sunday evening, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said family members of her cousin Sheikh Selim’s daughter were among the victims of the bomb blasts in Sri Lanka, and urged everyone to pray for them.
Mashiul in critical condition
Sheikh Selim’s Personal Assistant Imrul Haque told Dhaka Tribune that Zayan’s father, Mashiul, is still in critical condition at a Sri Lankan hospital, and it is not possible to bring him back to Dhaka immediately.
“We heard that his condition is not stable,” Imrul said.
Meanwhile, while visiting Sheikh Selim's house on Monday morning, Industries Minister Nurul Majid Humayun also said Mashiul cannot be brought back to Dhaka yet as he is undergoing treatment.
Pin-drop silence at Sheikh Selim’s Banani house
Leaders of the ruling Awami League, relatives of Sheikh Selim, and Mashiul’s family began gathering at Sheikh Selim’s Banani house after news of Zayan’s death spread.
Awami League acting general secretary Mahabubul Alam Hanif visited Sheikh Selim around 8pm on Sunday. Sheikh Selim’s brother-in-law Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Home Minister Assaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Prime Minister’s Energy Advisor Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam, Science and Technology Minister Yeafesh Osman, State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Junaid Ahmed Palak, and Deputy Minister for Religion Affairs Sheikh Abdullah were among those who visited the Awami League Presidium member on Sunday and Monday.
Awami League Relief and Social Welfare Secretary Sujit Roy Nandi told Dhaka Tribune that none of the party leaders knew how to console Sheikh Selim, as he had shared a strong bond with Zayan.
“Zayan used to stay at this house. He was a big part of the house. What can we tell him (Sheikh Selim) about his great loss?” he said.
A pall of gloom also descended on Zayan’s ancestral home in the the Pulo Derai area of Sunamganj.
Zayan was scheduled to visit Bhatipara Jamindar Bari in Derai upazila of Sunamganj after he and his family returned from Sri Lanka. Relatives and the caretaker of the house said the 200-year-old building had gone through significant renovation for Zayan’s expected visit, but in vain.
Zayan's cousin Maria Chowdhury said he was a peaceful boy and demanded punishment for those responsible for his death.
The Bangladesh Ministry of Foreign Affairs has provided the following hotline number, +94117399453, of the Bangladesh High Commission in Sri Lanka to find any information and updates related to Sunday’s horrific attacks.
A senior Foreign Ministry official confirmed to Dhaka Tribune that, with the exception of Zayan and Mashiul, no other Bangladeshis were reported missing or among the victims.