Sadeque Hossain Khoka no more
Former Dhaka City Corporation mayor and BNP vice-chairman Sadeque Hossain Khoka has died. He was 67 years old.Khoka breathed his last at noon on Monday (Bangladesh time) while undergoing treatment at a New York hospital in US.
Shairul Kabir Khan, a member of the BNP chairperson's press wing, confirmed Khoka's death to media.
The physical condition of Khoka was extremely critical.
He was undergoing treatment at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Hospital in Manhattan, family said on Thursday night (local time).
Khoka was on life support in the intensive care unit (ICU) at the hospital.
Khoka's son engineer Ishraq Hossain arrived in New York to see his father. In addition to Ishraq, his mother, brother and sister are always with the ailing Khoka in the hospital.
Khoka has been in New York with his wife since May 14, 2014 for cancer treatment. Hwas elected mayor of the Dhaka City Corporation on April 25, 2002. He was the mayor of Dhaka metropolis for ten consecutive years till November 29, 2011. He is the vice-chairman of the current committee of the BNP. Khoka became minister several times during the BNP tenure.
A Dhaka court sentenced Khoka and three others to 10 years' imprisonment in absentia in a graft case. Arrest warrants were also issued for them.