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The body arrived in Dhaka on a Biman Bangladesh Airlines plane at 11 a.m. Saturday.

A delegation which included Minister of Liberation War Affairs AKM Mozammel Huq, Minister of Agriculture Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, Minister of Railways Md Nurul Islam Sujan, Minister of State for Aviation Md Mahbub Ali , SU Presidium member Awami Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya and SU office secretary Awami Biplob Barua were present at the airport to receive the body.

The national flag of Bangladesh was draped over the body after it was removed from the plane. The delegation then paid tribute to the deceased writer by presenting flowers.

Chowdhury’s body will be transported directly to the Central Shaheed Minar from the airport.

The public will be able to pay tribute until 3 p.m. on site.

He will be buried at Martyr Intellectuals Cemetery in Mirpur after his funeral prayers at Dhaka University Central Mosque and Jatiya Press Club are completed.

Chowdhury received the Independence Award, Bangladesh’s highest civilian honour, in 2009.

“Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury was a witness to history. People were always patiently waiting to hear from him,” AKM Mozammel Huq said.

Chowdhury died in a London hospital on May 19.

The 88-year-old’s first funeral prayer service was held at Brick Lane Mosque in London on May 20.

He was the editor of the weekly magazine Joybangla, the mouthpiece of the Mujibnagar government in 1971. Although he had lived in London since 1974, he always expressed his support for the liberation war, Bangabandhu and the values liberal.

Although he lives abroad, he regularly writes political commentary and discusses contemporary issues in Dhaka newspapers. He also wrote poems, short stories, novels, plays, memoirs and essays.

Chowdhury suffered from diabetes and kidney disease. He was admitted to Northwick Park Hospital in London two months ago. He died in April while being treated in hospital.