Dhaka – Former Dhaka City Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka died at a hospital in New York. He was 67.
Khoka, also a vice chairman of opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, had been undergoing cancer treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He breathed his last at 2.50 New York local time, said BNP spokesperson Ruhul Kabir Rizvi Ahmed.
The former Dhaka mayor has been staying in New York along with his family for more than five year. He had been accused in a number of graft cases back home.
The family said his passport has been expired and Bangladesh mission in New York did not renew it. Now, they will travel to Dhaka once the Bangladesh mission issue travel pass for them.
Khoka’s son Ishraque Hossain earlier said his father wished to be buried at Jurain graveyard in Dhaka where his grandparents are in eternal rest.
Political colleagues in Dhaka expressed shock at the death of the senior BNP leader.
Khoka, a valiant freedom fighter, had left Dhaka for New York in May for improved cancer treatment. He served Bangladesh government in various capacities.
A former leader of National Awami Party of Moulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani, Sadeque Hossain Khoka joined Bangladesh Nationalist Party before 1991. He was made president of BNP’s Dhaka city unit.
He was elected MP in 1991 and later contested election in Dhaka city Corporation to become mayor in 2002. Khoka served the undivided Dhaka City Corporation for nine years.