Dhaka: Prez Rahman's body arrives

Last Updated: Thu, Mar 21, 2013 10:52 hrs

Dhaka, Mar 21 (IBNS) The body of Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman, who passed away at a hospital in Singapore on Wednesday, arrived in Dhaka on Thursday.

The President was undergoing treatment at Singapore's Mount Elizabeth Hospital for respiratory problems and other complications. He was 84.

Rahman´s body was flown to Dhaka in a flight of Bangladesh Biman Airlines. His body was later taken to the official residence of the president-Bangabhaban.

Acting president and Speaker of the Parliamentary Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid homage to the leader by placing wreaths here.

The president´s family, lawmakers and other ministers were present at the Bangabhaban to pay tribute to the leader.

"He will be laid to eternal rest besides his wife's grave at the Banani graveyard around 5:00pm Friday," Daily Star reported.

"His first namaz-e-janaza would be held at the Jatiya Eidgah Maidan at 2:30pm and the second at the South Plaza of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban at 3:30pm Friday," the news paper reported.

The Bangladesh government has announced three-day national mourning and a public holiday on Thursday following the death of the leader.

Flags flew at half-mast across the country on Thursday.

According to the Bangabhaban website, Rahman, the 19th President of Bangladesh, was born on March 9, 1929 in Kishoreganj district.

Rahman started his academic life in the district town of Mymensingh. He passed Matriculation (Grade 10 exam.) from Bhairab K. B. High School in 1945 and later obtained Intermediate of Arts (I. A.) certificate from Dhaka Intermediate College. In 1954, he got his M.A. with Honors in History and L. L. B. degree from the University of Dhaka.

Zillur Rahman played an active role in the great Language Movement in 1952.

He was sworn in as the President of Bangladesh on Feb 12, 2009.

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