The police escorted the coffin of Manna out of the Dhaka for burial in home town Tangail after at least 50 people were injured in sporadic clashes at the gate of the BFDC between fans of the popular film actor and police.
[Police and RAB are in action, Photo from Banglar Chokh]
Film star Aslam Talukdar Manna was buried at his family graveyard in Tangail on Monday.
A United Hospital ambulance carried the body to Tangail amid tight security after his first namaz-e-janaza was held at the Bangladesh Film Development Corporation at 11:00am.
Film directors, producers and artistes attended the janaza.
A large number of people also gathered in front of the BFDC to pay their last respect to the hero who died of a massive heart attack on Sunday.
At least 50 people, including three policemen, were injured in sporadic clashes. Witnesses said the police charged at the mob with truncheons and fired teargas shells to bring the situation under control as they tried to enter the BFDC.
The clash began at 11:30am when the artistes wanted to take the body to Central Shaheed Minar by an ambulance, denying the fans standing in front of the BFDC to pay their last respect to the hero.
After one-and-half hour clashes, the police escorted the coffin of Manna out of the capital for burial in Tangail.
Some relatives of Manna and artistes said the body was taken to Tangail instead of Central Shaheed Minar on security grounds.
The injured policemen were assistant commissioner of police Hamida, constables Bulbul Ahmed and Abdul Hannan.
A large number of people also thronged Central Shaheed Minar in the morning and blocked roads in the area. Many fans climbed trees to have the last glimpse of the film actor.
Acting information secretary Jamil Osman has expressed shock at the death of Manna. He also prayed for the salvation of the departed soul and conveyed sympathy to the bereaved family members.
The Bangladesh Film Development Corporation has also expressed shock at the death of Manna. BFDC’s managing director ANM Badrul Amin in a condolence message said, ‘The death of Manna has caused an irreparable loss to the film industry in Bangladesh.’
Bangladesh Film Actors Association president Miju Ahmed protested the government’s delayed condolence message.
“This is unfortunate,” he said.
“The government’s attitude seems that it does not care for film actors,” he said.
Senior artistes including Alamgir, Babita, Faruque and Khalil also echoed the same.
Many fans were waiting to see the late hero for the last time, Ahmed Sharif said, adding that Manna will remain in the heart of these people for days.
Bangladesh Film Artistes’ Association will hold a prayers session at BFDC on February 20 after asr prayer while a commemoration programme will be held on February 22.