Thousands of people from all walks of life paid their last tribute to acclaimed writer and filmmaker Humayun Ahmed at Central Shahid Minar who died of colon cancer at a New York hospital.
From the morning, thousands of people irrespective of caste, creed, religion and political parties thronged Shaheed Minar to express deep grief and grievances too, over the “irreparable loss” in the field of Bengali literature.
Later, his body was taken to national Eidgah ground where his namaz-e-janaza held at 2:30pm.
Earlier, the first namaz-e-janaza of eminent soap-opera maker was held at Muslim Center in Jamaica after Jumma prayer (NY time).
Humayun Ahmed breathed his last in Bellevue Hospital of USA on Thursday night after a nine-month battle against colon cancer.
The body of eminent soap-opera maker Humayun Ahmed arrived here on Monday morning.
An Emirates Airlines flight carrying Humayun Ahmed landed at Shahjalal International Airport at 8:54am.
The family of Humayun Ahmed has decided that the legendary writer will be laid to eternal rest on Tuesday but they are yet to decide where.
The family members however will sit at evening for taking decision whether the best storyteller will be laid to eternal rest at Nuhash Palli or Banani graveyard or Mirpur martyred intellectual graveyard or elsewhere, Sammilito Sangskritik Jote President Nasiruddin Yousuff Bachchu told reporters on Monday.
Meanwhile, the second namaz-e-janaza of the acclaimed writer and filmmaker was held at the National Eidgah Monday afternoon.
Baitul Mukarram National Mosque Khatib Prof Maulana Muhammad Salahuddin conducted the janaza. Earlier, his first namaz-e-janaza was held at Jamaica Muslim Centre in New York.
Minutes before the second namaz-e-janaza at National Eidgah, Nuhash told the public, “Please pardon my father, if anybody felt hurt on his any activities.”
He also said, “If anybody had any owe to my father, he can contact me or my uncle Mohammad Zafar Iqbal.”
This is the first speech that Nuhash told to the general people after the death of the writer and filmmaker Humayun Ahmed.
After the janaza, his body was kept at Birdem mortuary as the family members of the writer are yet to reach a decision on the burial place of the legendary writer.
Humayun, who was also a famed filmmaker, died at Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital in New York Thursday night (BST) after a nine-month fight with colon cancer.
Earlier, thousands of people, fans, colleagues, relatives, political leaders, top government officials and well-wishers paid their last tributes to the legendary writer.
Representatives of the President Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina led the tributes placing wreaths on the coffin of the celebrated litterateur as soon as the body reached there around 10:30am.
Humayun's mother Ayesha Foyez, wife Meher Afroz Shaon, children Shila, Nova, and Nuhash; two brothers Zafar Iqbal and Ahsan Habib; two sisters and Zafar's wife Yasmeen Haque stood by his coffin when thousands of fans were reduced to tears while paying their last respects to the extraordinaire writer.
The Shaheed Minar and its adjacent areas turned into a human sea as thousands of people gathered there.
His body was kept there over three-and-a-half-hours from 10:30am.
Earlier, on her arrival at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the morning, Meher Afroz Shaon, the wife of the writer, told reporters that her husband's last wish was to be buried at Nuhash Palli.
An Emirates flight carrying the body of the legendary writer landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 9:05am.
His wife Meher Afroz Shaon, two sons Nishad and Ninith, mother-in-law Tahura Ali, sister-in-law Senjuti Afroz and friend Mazharul Islam came with the coffin on board the flight from John F Kenney Airport in New York.
Humayun's brothers Zafar Iqbal, Ahsan Habib, his son Nuhash, daughters Shila and Nova and a host of relatives who were waiting at the airport since morning received the body there.
Foreign Secretary Mijarul Quayes, Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif, LGED State Minister Jahangir Kabir Nanak and personalities from Sangskritik Jote also received the body of one of the best storytellers in the region.
President Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina led the tributes with flowers on a day of huge emotions.
Emotionally charged people descended on the Central Shaheed Minar in droves after the ambulance carrying the dead body of the deceased writer reached there around 10:22am from the airport.
A sea of humanity waited patiently around the Shaheed Minar from 8am to have a last glimpse of the legend.
Humayun's children from his first marriage, Nova, Shila and Nuhash, the writer's two brothers Muhammad Zafar Iqbal and Ahsan Habib, two sisters and Zafar's wife Yasmin Haque stood by his coffin.
The writer's mother Ayesha Foyez and wife Meher Afroz Shaon arrived there minutes later.
Humayun's friend journalist Saleh Chowdhury and writer Syed Shamsul Haque were also seen standing by his coffin.
The President's Military Secretary Major General Fakhruddin Ahmed was the first to place floral wreath on the writer's coffin followed by Prime Minister's Special Assistant (Media) Mahbubul Haque Shakil and her Assistant Personal Secretary Saifuzzaman Shikhor.
>Humayun's last wish was Nuhash Palli: Humayun's Wife
Meher Afroz Shaon, the wife of acclaimed writer and filmmaker Humayun Ahmed, said her husband's last wish was to be buried at Nuhash Palli.
"Just a day before his surgery my husband told me, if I die people will argue over where to bury me. Do not let anyone take over the charge of my body. Take me to Nuhash Palli. If I am not buried there, my soul will not be at peace. Because he (his soul) feels scared at places unknown to him," a crying Shaon told reporters on her arrival at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport Monday morning.