Dhaka – Several thousand people gathered at Dhaka University central mosque Wednesday to pray for the departed soul of Mahbubul Hoque Shakil who died of cardiac arrest in Dhaka.
Shakil, a special assistant to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, died in a Dhaka’ restaurant Tuesday prompting the authorities to launch an investigation to unearth mystery over his untimely demise.
The body of the former Bangladesh Chhatra League leader was taken to his ancestral home after the funeral prayers attended by his political comrades, friends, relatives, leaders and activists of the ruling Awami League party and its front organizations.
He will be laid to his ancestral home in Mymensingh after a second funeral prayer there.
Shakil’s autopsy was conducted at Dhaka Medical College Hospital before he was brought to the funeral prayers, a police officer said.
Head of the Forensic Department of the hospital Dr Sohel Mahmud said we found no mark of injury on his body.
“A part of his heart was a little swollen,” said the forensic expert adding that the reason would be determined only after the full analysis of the viscera.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Tuesday night said the Criminal Investigation Department has started an inquiry into the death after Shakil’s body was found at the restaurant in Gulshan.
He died at the age of 48 and left behind his wife, a daughter and a host of relatives and well wishers.
Shakil was made special assistant to the Prime Minister with the status of a joint secretary in 2012. He served as deputy press secretary to the Awami League chief, Sheikh Hasina, during the crucial political changeover in early 2011 when an army-backed government ran the country for nearly two years.
A student of sociology at Dhaka University, Shakil served Bangladesh Chaatra League as vice president and organising secretary.
He was born in Tangail in 1968. Beside his political identity, Shakil was a poet as well.