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Shakil laid to eternal rest

Prime Minister's special assistant Mahbubul Haque Shakil was laid to his eternal rest at Bhatikashar Graveyard at his ancestral home in Mymensingh a day after his sudden death in the capital.

Witnesses and officials said he was buried after Namaj-e-Janaza following Magreb prayers at Anjumane Eidgah ground.

Earlier the body reached by road his home at the city's Bagmara area from where it was brought to the Town Hall at Shamsul Haque Square.

Hundreds of people cutting across their social backgrounds had their last glimpses of Shakil, a former student leader belonging to Chhatra League, poet and writer.

Many carried wreaths and placed them on the coffin as a mark of their respect and love for Shakil.

The janaza also drew a massive crowd including high profile politicians representing different parties who sought eternal blessings for the departed soul.

They included Religious Affairs Minister M Motiur Rahman, Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports Arif Khan Joy, ruling Awami League lawmakers Anwarul Abedin Tuhin, Nazimuddin Ahamed and M Fahim Gulondaj, former minister and BNP leader AKM Mosharraf Hossain, Krishak Sramik Janata League President Abdul Kader Siddique, Awami League organising secretaries Abu Sayeed Al-Mahmud Swapon and Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, AL Cultural Affairs Secretary Asim Kumar Ukil,and AL central committee member SM Kamal Hossain.

Mymensing's divisional commissioner GM Saleh Uddin, police's deputy inspector general Chowdhury Abdullah-Al-Mamun, deputy commissioner Khalilur Rahman, PM's deputy press secretary Ashraful Alam Khokon, assistant private secretary Saifuzzaman Sekhar and superintendent of police Sayed Nurul Islam were, among others, who joined the Islamic rite.

Family sources said a milad mahafil will be held at his Bagmara residence on after Friday's Juma prayers.

His first namaz-e-janaza was held at Dhaka University central mosque around 11 in the morning. Hundreds of supporters and admirers attended the janaza.

Shakil, also a former BCL vice-president died at a restaurant in the city's Gulshan area yesterday.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)