Bangladesh writer Humayun Ahmed: Dhaka crowds pay last respects

July 23, 2012

Thousands of people have gathered in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, to pay their last respects to the writer Humayun Ahmed, who died last week.

His body arrived in Dhaka from New York early on Monday and was taken to the city’s Central Shaheed Minar monument.

Political leaders, officials and fans thronged to get a last glimpse of the writer before his burial.

The best-selling author was known for his depiction of the tribulations of ordinary middle-class Bangladeshi life.

Police said that mourners travelled from all over the country to say their final farewells.

People queued in lines that stretched miles – younger mourners standing alongside old men, civil servants, bankers and businessmen. Some offered flowers, others were in tears, correspondents say.

Representatives of the prime minister and president paid tribute to the writer and laid wreaths at his coffin.