Sunday, October 20, 2019

Mortal remains of Zayan Chowdhary arrive from Sri Lanka

  • Staff Correspondent, bdnews24.com
    Published: 2019-04-24 13:30:06 BdST

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The mortal remains of Zayan Chowdhary, the grandson of Awami League leader Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim who died in the Easter Day blasts in Sri Lanka, has been brought back to Bangladesh.

A Sri Lankan Airlines flight carrying the body arrived in Dhaka’s Hazrat Shah Jalal International Airport at 12:45pm on Wednesday.

His grandfather Sheikh Selim received the body at the airport.

At least 359 people were killed and over 500 others injured in a series of deadly bomb blasts in several churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.

The mortuary van carrying Zayan's body arrived at Selim's residence in Banani around 1:30 pm.

His Namaz-e-Janaza will be held at the Chairmanbari Field after the Asr prayer following which Zayan will be laid to rest at the Banani Graveyard.

MP Selim, a ruling party presidium member, is a relative Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's.

His daughter Sheikh Amina Sultana Sonia, her husband Moshiul Haque Chowdhary Prince, and their two sons went to visit Sri Lanka recently.

They were staying at a hotel in Colombo that came under attack along with four churches and several hotels during Easter Sunday celebrations.

Prince and his elder son Zayan were at the restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel for breakfast at the time of the bomb blast while Sonia and their younger son Zohan Chowdhary were in their room during the blast.

Speaking to Bangladeshi expatriates in Brunei on Sunday, Hasina revealed that members of her family were among the victims of the attacks.

She informed them that Prince was injured in the incident while Zayan had gone missing while seeking prayers for the family.

Later in the night, an aide to family confirmed the news of Zayan’s death to bdnews24.com.

His father Prince is currently in the Intensive Care Unit of a hospital in Colombo after undergoing a few surgeries.