BNP Vice-Chairman and former mayor of undivided Dhaka City Corporation Sadeque Hossain Khoka died in New York on Monday. BNP chairperson's media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan confirmed the death of senior BNP leader. He was suffering from kidney cancer for long.
Khoka, also a former minister, breathed his last at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York around 1:50pm (BST), Sayrul Kabir Khan said. Whether the body of Khoka would be brought back to home, Shyrul Kabir said, "The decision in this regard will be taken consulting party leaders."
Khoka took part in the Liberation War in 1971 while he was a student at Dhaka University. He stepped into politics through joining Moulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani's National Awami Party (NAP). Later, he joined BNP, and was made party's Dhaka city unit president.
Khoka was first elected MP in 1991 from Sutrapur-Kotwali seat and subsequently made State Minister for Youth and Sports. He was elected MP from the same seat in 2001 and given the charge of the Minister of Fisheries and Livestock. Later, he
contested Dhaka City Corporation election in 2002 and was elected mayor. He held the post for nearly nine years.
Khoka was arrested days before the January-5 national election in 2014.
Released on bail from jail, he was admitted to Birdem Hospital in the capital, but doctors could not exactly detect his health problem.Later, he went to the USA on May 14, 2014 and has been receiving treatment there since then.
--Adrian Chowdhury, AA
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