Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)– Celebrated fiction writer, playwright and filmmaker Humayun Ahmed will be laid to eternal rest at ‘Nuhash Palli’ in Gazipur after Zohr prayers on Tuesday.
Family members and relatives started for ‘Nuhash Palli’ with the body of the famous writer from Birdem mortuary at abut 9:20 am for funeral.
Humayun will be laid to final rest in the sylvan meadow under the shadow of litchi orchard after Zohr prayers.
Earlier in the wee hours on Tuesday, after a day-long suspense over selecting the burial site of Humayun, his family reached a consensus on burying the playwright at Nuhash Palli.
The breakthrough was the result of a spate of meetings spanning nearly seven-hours that were held between second wife of Humayun Meher Afroz Shaon and the acclaimed writer’s three children from first wife–Nova Ahmed, Sheela Ahmed and Nuhash Ahmed.
LGED State Minister Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Sammilito Sangskritik Jote President Nasiruddin Yusuf Bachchu, and Channel-i Managing Director Faridur Reza Sagar and chief of news Shaikh Siraj mediated between Shaon and the three children of Humayun.
Mohammad Zafar Iqbal, brother of Humayun, emerging from a meeting held at the Sher-e-Bangla Nagar residence of Nanak around 2:15am Tuesday told reporters about the decision.
Earlier, on her arrival at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport Monday morning, Shaon said her husband’s last wish was to be buried at Nuhash Palli.
Following the development, Humayun’s three children told reporters that they want their father to be buried at a place where everybody can visit his grave and offer prayers.
The children announced their decision at the writer’s mother’s residence in Mirpur Monday evening.
Humayun Ahmed died on Thursday at Bellevue Hospital, New York, after a nine-month battle against cancer at age 64, bringing the curtain down on an illustrious career of nearly four decades.
His body was flown in Dhaka earlier in the morning. Later, it was taken to Shaheed Minar around 10:25 am from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for people to pay their last respects to him.
Thousands of people from all walks of life, including politicians, educationists, cultural personalities and leaders of different socio-cultural organizations, attended the janaza to pray for the eternal peace of the popular writer.
His first namaz-e-janaza was held in New York on Sunday while the second one at the National Eidgah here at 2:30pm on Monday. After the Janaza, the body of the popular writer was taken to Birdem mortuary.
Nicknamed Kajol, the writer was born in Kutubpur village of Netrakona on November 13, 1948, to Fayzur Rahman Ahmed, a police officer, and Ayesha Fayzur.
BBN/SSR/AD-24July12-11:17 am (BST)