Sheikh Selim’s grandson Zayan laid to rest

Sun Online Desk

24th April, 2019 07:16:48 printer

Sheikh Selim’s grandson Zayan  laid to rest

Awami League leader Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim’s grandson Zayan Chowdhury, 8, was laid to rest at Banani graveyard in the capital on Wednesday evening.

Earlier, his namaj-e-janaza was held at Banani Chairmenbari ground in the capital after Asr prayers.

Pesh Imam of Baitul Mukarram Mosque led the namaj-e-janaza held at 5:15pm.

Thousands of people including relatives, neighbours, party activists, politicians and well-wishers  took part his janaza.

The body of the minor boy, who fell prey to the devastating Easter bombings in Sri Lanka, was flown to Dhaka from Sri Lanka around 1:45 pm.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, went to the residence of Sheikh Selim, the maternal grandfather of Zayan Chowdhury, at Banani around 2:30 pm. Sheikh Selim is a paternal cousin of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The premier stayed there for over an hour and consoled the family members of Zayan Chowdhury. A heart-rending scene was created at that time.

Sheikh Hasina also prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul of eight-year-old Zayan Chowdhury.

At least 321 people were killed and around 500 injured in bomb blasts that ripped through churches and luxury hotels in the Sri Lankan capital on Easter Sunday, the first major attack on the Indian Ocean Island since the end of a civil war 10 years ago.

Zayan, one of the two sons of Sheikh Selim’s daughter, Sheikh Amena Sultana Sonia, died in an explosion at a hotel where the family was staying. Zayan’s father, Mashiul Haque Chowdhury, was also injured in the blast and later admitted to a local hospital.

According to Sheikh Selim’s family members and close aides, Sonia, her husband Mashiul and their two sons, Zayan and Zohan, were staying at the hotel in Colombo on holiday.

During the explosion, Sonia and Zohan were in their room on the hotel’s sixth floor, while Mashiul and Zayan were at a restaurant on the ground floor.