Dhaka – Thousands of people bade farewell to Mayor Annisul Huq in love and tears as he was laid eternal rest to Banani graveyard in Dhaka on Saturday.
The body of Huq, the mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation, flown in the morning to Dhaka from London, where he died at a hospital on Thursday after more than three months of ailment.
Friends, relatives, well-wishers and people from different walks of life attended the funeral services offered at the Army Stadium near to the graveyard in the afternoon.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Leader of the Opposition Raushan Ershad, and other political leaders visited the braved family. Huq died at the age of 66 from inflammation of the blood vessel wall involving the brain called cerebral vasculitis. He had been visiting London on a private tour.
A television talk-show host-turned businessman and finally a mayor, Huq’s vision to improve the city was unparallel.
Elected in the 2015 mayoral polls as he was backed by the ruling Awami League party, Huq had taken a many initiatives to bring order in various city sectors. His result-oriented endeavours were highly appreciated.
None would be able to serve the city the way he served it, said Obaidul Quader, secretary general of the ruling party.
Ruban Huq, the wife of Annisul, accompanied the coffin from London to Dhaka, and his brother Abu Belal Mohammad Shafiul Huq, the army chief, accompanied it from the airport to his home in Banani. Leaders and activists from across the political divide paid homage to the late mayor.
Annisul Huq founded his business Mohammadi Group in the 1980s and his group now employ nearly 7000 staff members. Huq served the country’s apex business body – Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry – and the association of garment exporters – Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association.
Born in Sonagazi of Feni district on October 1952, Huq was graduated in economics from Chittagong.