11th death anniversary of Mayor Mohammad Hanif tomorrow
The 11th death anniversary of Mohammad Hanif, the first elected mayor of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) and former president of Dhaka City unit of Awami League (AL), will be observed tomorrow.
Hanif, who suffered critical splinter injuries in the August 21, 2004 grenade attack, died at the city’s Apollo Hospital on November 28, 2006 at the age of 62.
President Md Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Speaker of the Parliament Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury delivered separate messages marking the death anniversary.
Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC), Dhaka City AL, Mayor Mohammad Hanif Memorial Foundation, Mayor Mohammad Hanif Smriti Sangsad, front and associate bodies of the ruling AL and different socio-cultural organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes in observance of his death anniversary.
A wreath will be placed at his grave at Azimpur Graveyard in the capital tomorrow morning.
Apart from this, photo exhibition, blood donation programme, doa and milad mahfil, memorial meeting and two-week long free health camp will also be held marking the death anniversary.
Besides, DSCC will hold a discussion highlighting the life and works of Hanif at Nagar Bhaban tomorrow. General Secretary of the ruling Awami League and Road Transport and Bridges Minister is expected to attend the meeting as the chief guest.
Hanif, a close aide to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was an elected parliament member from Dhaka-12 constituency in 1973 and also served as a whip of the national parliament. He contributed to every democratic movement such as 1969 Mass Upsurge.
He was born on April 1 in 1944 in a noble muslim family of Dhaka. He got involved in the politics of Chhatra League and then Awami League and became personal secretary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1965. He was first made President of Dhaka City Awami League in 1976.