Staff Correspondent
The 12th death anniversary of Mohammad Hanif, the first elected mayor of Dhaka City Corporation and president of Dhaka City unit of Awami League, was observed on Wednesday.
Hanif, who suffered critical splinter injuries in the August 21 grenade attack in 2004, died on November 28 in 2006 at the age of 62.
Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC), Dhaka city Awami League, Mayor Mohammad Hanif Memorial Foundation, Mayor Mohammad Hanif Smriti Sangsad, associate bodies of the ruling Awami League and different socio-cultural organisations arranged various programmes marking the death anniversary. The programmes include offering fateha and doa mahfil at Hanif’s grave at Azimpur in the capital and organizing a photo exhibition, memorial meeting and two-week long free health camp.
DSCC arranged a discussion highlighting the life and work of mayor Hanif at Nagar Bhaban on Wednesday noon. Awami League organized a discussion at its central office in the city’s Bangabandhu Avenue in the afternoon. Dhaka South unit of the party arranged a milad and doa mahfil at its office after Asr prayers.
DSCC’s incumbent Mayor and Hanif’s son Sayeed Khokon inaugurated a free treatment programme on Tuesday.
Hanif, a close aide to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was elected MP from Dhaka-12 constituency in 1973 and also served as a whip of the 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 in Dhaka. He got involved in politics of Chhatra League and then Awami League and became personal secretary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1965. He was made president of Dhaka city Awami League in 1976.