Colleagues, friends and well-wishers paid last respect to journalist Habibur Rahman at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU) on Wednesday followed by his first namaz-e-janaza there.
The 35-year-old journalist, a senior reporter of daily Shomoyer Alo died in a motorbike accident in the city’s Hatirjheel area in the early hours of Wednesday.
Habibur Rahman, a former organising secretary of the DRU, left wife, a two-and-half-year-old son, father, mother and host of relatives and well-wishers to mourn his death.
DRU executive committee led by its president Nazrul Islam Mithu and general secretary Nurul Islam Hasib paid respect to Habibur Rahman placing wreaths on his coffin.
Later, Bangladesh Awami League, prime minister’s press wing and journalists bodies paid respect to him by placing flowers on his coffin.
“Habibur Rahman was a very promising young journalist. He was a good soul,” said the DRU president in his brief speech.
DRU general secretary Hasib said they worked together in the executive committee of 2017. “I had seen his organizational capacity, honesty and sincerity. He was a dedicated journalist.”
The DRU president and general secretary expressed their profound shock and sorrow at the death of Habibur Rahman.
They prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family members.
Former DRU presidents and general secretaries were also present.
On behalf of the AL, its joint general secretaries Mahbubul Alam Hanif and AFM Bahauddin Nasim, office secretary Barrister Biplab Barua and deputy publicity secretary M Aminul Islam paid respect to journalist Habibur Rahman.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Deputy Press Secretaries KM Shakhawat Moon and Hasan Jahid Tusher; PM’s assistant press secretaries Md Ashraf Siddiquee Bitu; and former deputy press secretary Ashraful Alam Khokan also paid respect to the journalist who used to cover the PM’s beat.
The second namaz-e-janaza was held at the central mosque of Dhaka University while the third namaz-e-janaza was held at his workstation.
His body was taken to his village under Cumilla district where he is scheduled to be buried.
Earlier, assistant sub-inspector of Hatirjheel police station, Kayes Uddin said pedestrians found Habibur, son of Mohammad Piar Mia of Brahmanpara upazila in Cumilla, on the road in a critical condition around 2.40am and informed police.
Habibur was taken to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital where doctors declared him dead upon arrival.