The bodies of 23 Bangladeshi citizens killed in US-Bangla plane crash in Nepal were brought back home and handed over to the families of the victims on Monday.
An Air Force transport plane carrying coffins of 23 bodies landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka around 4.00pm and then taken to Army Stadium for Namaj-e-Janaza.
Awami League general secretary and road transport minister Obaidul Quader and civil aviation and tourism minister Shahjahan Kamal received the bodies at the airport.
Namaj-e-janaza of the deceased was held at the stadium around 5.00pm. Ministers, politicians, government officials, relatives and people from all walks of life took part in the Janaza.
Before Janaza, Obaidul Quader on behalf of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina placed a wreath on the coffins.President Abdul Hamid’s military secretary and Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury also paid respects to the victims.
The body of pilot Abid Sultan was handed over to his relatives first. It was followed by other bodies. Death certificates and police clearance were also given to the victims’ families.
From the stadium, family members brought the bodies to own places for final rituals.
Pilot Abid was buried at Banani Graveyard, co-pilot Prithula Rashid at Mirpur Intellectuals graveyard.
The body of Akhtara Begum was taken to Rajshahi, Mahmudur Rahman to Faridpur, crew Khwaja Hossain Mohammad Shafey to Begumbazar in the capital, Motiur Rahman to Feni, Priok and Tamarra Prionmoyee to Gazipur, Rafiquzzaman, Sanzida Huque and Aniruddha Zaman to Sukrabad in the capital.
First namaj-e-janaza of 23 Bangladeshis was held on the premises of Bangladesh Embassy in Nepal. After Janaza there, they were sent back to Bangladesh.
Along with bodies, the relatives of the victims who went to Nepal for identification of the bodies were flown back by a special US-Bangla Airlines flight.
When the bodies were taken to the army stadium, relatives and family members broke down with tears. Gloom descended at the whole stadium at that time.
Out of 26 Bangladeshis killed in the plane crash, the bodies of 23 were identified. They are Foysal Ahmed, Bilkis Ara, Akhtara Begum, Md Rokibul Hasan, Sanzida Huque, Md Hasan Imam, Meenhaz Bin Nasir, Tamarra Prionmoyee, Md Motiur Rahman, SM Mahmudur Rahman, Tahira Tanvin Shashi, Aniruddha Zaman, Md Nuruz Zaman, Md Rafiquz Zaman, Umme Salma, Akhi Moni, Nurun Nahar, , Nazia Afrin Chowdhury, FH Priok Pilot Abid Sultan, Co-pilot Prithula Rashid, cabin crews Sharmin Akhter Nabila and Khwaja Hossain Mohammad Shafey.
The Nepalese authorities on Monday identified the body of victim Mohammad Nazrul Islam and yet to identify dead bodies of two other Bangladeshi victims. Two are bodies of Bangladeshi nationals will need DNA test for identification those are –Alifuzzaman, and Pias Roy.
Bangladesh’s Ambassador to Nepal Mashfee Binte Shams said the body of another identified victim Mohammad Nazrul Islam will be sent to Bangladesh on Wednesday.
“We will send the bodies of Alifuzzaman and Pias Roy after their identity is confirmed through DNA tests”, she said.
However, mother of Alifuzzaman rushed to the army stadium. She sought Prime Minister’s intervention in bringing back the body of his son.
US-Bangla plane carrying 71 people, including four cabin crews, crashed in Kathmandu on Monday last killing 49. Of the passengers, 36 were from Bangladesh, 33 from Nepal and one each from China and the Maldives. Among the dead, 26 were Bangladeshis, 22 Nepalese and the other was a Chinese.
Of the 10 Bangladeshi survivors, seven have been brought back to Dhaka till Monday. They are undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
The seven survivors are Shahreen Ahmed, Mehedi Hassan, Saiyda Kamrunnahar Swarna, Almun Nahar Annie, Sheikh Rashed Rubayet, Shahin Bepari and Kabir Hossain.
Two other survivors — Emrana Kabir Hashi and Rizwanul Haque — are undergoing treatment in Singapore and Eakub Ali in Nepal.