External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was also present on the occasion.

Bangladesh has conferred its prestigious liberation war honour on Vajpayee for his "active role" in its independence struggle and consolidating friendship with India.

Modi had received the honour on behalf of Vajpayee during his recent visit to Bangladesh.

"Visited Atal ji & was delighted to hand over the Bangladesh Liberation War Honour to his family," the Prime Minister tweeted.

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