Hajera Khatun breaks down in tears at Shahjalal International Airport yesterday over the coffin of her son Faruk Khan, who was killed in a construction site accident on Monday in Malaysia. Photo: Palash Khan
He has little time to mourn the loss. His family has him now to take up the responsibility his elder brother had been bearing until his sudden death.
Only four days have gone by since 35-year-old Faruk Khan died in an accident at a construction site in Malaysia and his brother Rubel Khan is now readying himself to join on Sunday Mass Rapid Transit Corporation, the company Faruk was working for.
The ticket to Malaysia had already been purchased and necessary staff arranged for packing before Rubel received the shocking news.
Faruk was the one who arranged the job for him. Being employed at the company five months back, he tried to get his younger brother there as well. Immediately after he could confirm Rubel's employment at the construction firm, he asked him to get a ticket for Malaysia.
The changed situation, however, will not have much impact on upcoming events.
The family was hoping for happy days with the responsibility shared by the brothers, but now Rubel is left alone to do the struggle.
“My family members will not want me to work for the company now. But I have no other choice but to do the job to support them,” the 27-year-old from Munshiganj told The Daily Star.
He along with his mother Hajera Khatun came to Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital yesterday to receive Faruk's body.
A flight of Bangladesh Biman carried the bodies of three Bangladeshis Faruk, Elahi Hossain and Alauddin Mollick, who were killed in the same incident on Monday night.
Milon Hossain, elder brother of Elahi, and Jalal Mollick, younger brother of Alauddin, received their bodies.
Mohsin Chowdhury, director of the Wage Earners' Welfare Board of the expatriates' welfare and overseas employment ministry, handed the bodies over to the families.
He gave each family Tk 35,000 as burial costs. The ministry will give Tk 3 lakh to each family as financial assistance, he said.
A representative of the Malaysian employer also came and handed $ 5,900 for each victim.
The grief of the victims' family members moved travelers and staff of the airport to tears when they were sobbing over the bodies.
“I talked to my son the day before his death. He asked me not to worry about him,” Hajera said, trying to hold back tears. Faruk was married, but had no children. He used to speak of his dream about living a happy life together with his family members after returning home, she said.
Since his father's death about six years ago, Faruk had worked hard to support his four-member family -- two brothers, mother and his wife.
“Who will look after us now?” said an inconsolable Hajera.
“Since my son had grown up, I never felt the necessity of anything. He was very much aware of my need and those of his siblings.”