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PM joins Suvra Mukerjee’s funeral, returns home this afternoon


WT24 Desk

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned home this afternoon after winding up her brief visit to India to join the funeral of Suvra Mukherjee, wife of Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, agencies report.  A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka at 6.20 pm.  Earlier, the Prime Minister left Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi at 3: 35 pm (local time).

Indian State Minister for External Affairs V K Singh and Bangladesh High Commissioner to New Delhi Syed Moazzem Ali saw the Prime Minister off at the airport.  Bangabandhu’s younger daughter Sheikh Rehana, PM’s daughter Saima Hossain, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, PM’s Principal Secretary Md Abul Kalam Azad and Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim accompanied the Prime Minister.

Sheikh Hasina went to the Indian capital this morning to attend the funeral of Suvra Mukherjee. After reaching the airport, the Prime Minister visited Rastrapati Bhaban to console the Indian President and his family members.  Sheikh Hasina stayed there for some time and recalled her long-time relations with Suvra Mukherjee.  Later, the Premier paid rich tributes to Suvra Mukherjee by placing a wreath on her coffin at 13 Tal Katra Road residence of Abhijit Mukherjee, son of Pranab Mukherjee.

Along with the Indian President, Sheikh Hasina later joined the funeral of Suvra Mukherjee held at Lodi Road Crematorium in the Indian capital. Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, former Indian premier Dr Manmohan Singh, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Rajnath Singh and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee attended the funeral.

The Bangladesh Prime Minister later held a meeting with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at his office.

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