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Dealing a blow to the social distancing rules amid the pandemic, thousands of people in capital Dhaka attended the funeral prayers of a senior leader of Hefazat-e-Islami.
The namaz-e-janaza of the hardline Islamist group’s Secretary General of Nur Hossain Kasemi was held at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque Monday.
Thousands surged to the national mosque from early morning to take part in the funeral of the 75-year-old, who passed away on Sunday after being hospitalized for almost two weeks.
Kasemi, also secretary general of political party Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam, was admitted to the United Hospital on December 1 with breathing complications. He was moved to the Intensive Care Unit on Thursday after his condition deteriorated.
A Bangladeshi Deobandi Islamic scholar, Kasemi was the vice-president of Al-Haiatul Ulya Lil-Jamiatil Qawmia Bangladesh, senior vice-president of Befaqul Madarisil Arabia Bangladesh and Shaykhul Hadith and rector of Jamia Madania Baridhara, Dhaka and Jamia Sobhania Mahmud Nagar.
He founded Jamia Madania Baridhara, Dhaka in 1988, and Jamia Sobhania Madrasha at Turag in 1998.
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He had played a leading role in the Hefazat movement since 2009.
Kasemi, who was the chief of Hefazat's Dhaka city unit, was elected the Qawmi madrasa-based platform's secretary general in November this year.
In 1975, he entered politics with Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam Bangladesh.