Hundreds of people from different walks of life, including foreign diplomats, thronged the Bangabhaban, the official residence of the president, to pay tribute to late president Zillur Rahman Thursday afternoon.
Acting President and Speaker of the House, Abdul Hamid, led the nation in paying tribute to the president around 1:10pm minutes after the body of Rahman, who died while undergoing treatment in Singapore on Wednesday at the age of 84, was taken to Bangabhaban.
Rahman’s body was kept on a podium where a smartly turned out contingent of the army, navy and air force presented a guard of honour.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, wearing black badge, later paid homage to the late president, followed by the chief justice, Deputy Speaker and chiefs of the three forces.
Later, the body was taken at Darbar Hall inside the Bangabhaban around 1:27pm and was kept there.
Members of the cabinet, lawmakers, officials of different ministries, diplomats, and politicians paid their last respect to Rahman there.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, wearing black badge and flanked by some of her party senior leaders including Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Moudud Ahmed, Sadeque Hossain Khoka, Mirza Abbas and Selima Rahman, reached there around 2:00pm to pay her last respect to the late president.
She stayed there nearly half an hour and consoled the bereaved family members.
Khaleda also signed a mourning book there.
People from different walks of life who queued outside the Bangabhaban later paid respect to the veteran politician.
Earlier, Rahman’s body arrived at the airport around the noon, a day after he breathed his last at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.