The body of Awami League Presidium member Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim’s grandson Zayan Chowdhury, who was killed in the bomb attacks in Sri Lanka on Sunday, is set to arrive in Bangladesh around 11am on Wednesday, Sheikh Selim’s Personal Assistant Imrul Haque told journalists on Monday. Zayan, one of the two sons of Sheikh Selim’s daughter Sheikh Amena Sultana Sonia, died in an explosion in the 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 Imrul. The boy, eight and a half years old, was having breakfast with his father Moshiul Haque Chowdhary Prince at a restaurant on the ground floor of a hotel in Colombo that came under attack along with several other hotels and churches during Easter Sunday celebrations, media reports.
Prince was also injured and hospitalised, according to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, a relative of Selim. Zayan’s younger brother Zohan Chowdhary and mother Sheikh Amina Sultana Sonia were in their hotel room during the blast. The family went to Sri Lanka on a holiday tour. Speaking to Bangladeshi expatriates in Brunei, Hasina urged them to pray for the grieving family.
“Sheikh Selim’s daughter, son-in-law and two children were in Sri Lanka. The son-in-law, Prince, was injured when the restaurant was bombed. He has been hospitalised while there is no trace of the eight-and-a-half-year-old boy.
“Please pray for their safe return,” Hasina said. Later in the night, Imrul Kayes, an aide to Selim, told that the boy was found hospitalised in a critical condition while Prince was out of danger.
Selim’s relative Sheikh Olidur Rahman Hira later confirmed the news of Zayan’s death. Selim’s wife and younger son Sheikh Fazle Nayeem started for Colombo in the afternoon, Kayes said.
Sheikh Fazle Fahim, another son of Selim, was also starting for Sri Lanka from Brunei, where he was accompanying Hasina. Selim was at home in Dhaka and many Awami League leaders came to console him, Kayes said.
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