June 27, 2022
Noted lyricist, journalist and litterateur Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury's body will be brought to Dhaka from London to pay last respect and burial

Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury to be laid to rest in Dhaka on Saturday

Prominent Bangladeshi-British writer and columnist Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury will be laid to rest at the Martyred Intellectuals Graveyard in Mirpur on Saturday.

His final journey will start from London on a Biman flight and the body will reach Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 11am on Saturday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque will receive Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury’s mortal remains at the airport on behalf of the government.

His body will be kept at Central Shaheed Minar from 1 pm to 3 pm for the government to give a guard of honor and the people to pay their last tributes.

His namaz-e-janaza will be held at the Dhaka University Central Mosque at 3:30 pm, and then the mortal remains will be taken to the National Press Club for the journalists to pay their homage at 4 pm.

Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury will be buried at the Martyred Intellectuals Graveyard in Mirpur at 5:30 pm.

Chowdhury went to London in 1974 for his wife’s treatment, thanks to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

On May 19, the veteran writer died of a cardiac arrest at a hospital in London. He was 88.

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The Bangladeshi-British community and other admirers paid their last respects to Chowdhury — best known for writing the lyrics of “Amar Bhaier Rokte Rangano” — following his first namaz-e-janaza held at London’s Brick Lane Mosque the next day.