Bangladesh court sentences nine to death, hands out life term to 25 others for attacking Sheikh Hasina 25 years ago

A Bangladeshi court on Wednesday sentenced nine activists of a Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led alliance to death and 25 others to life in prison for attacking Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina 25 years ago. Hasina was leading a nationwide campaign by rail when her coach came under attack upon arriving in Pabna's Ishwardy on 23 September, 1994. Hasina survived the assault carried out during BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's first term as prime minister.

Press Trust of India July 03, 2019 15:38:20 IST
Bangladesh court sentences nine to death, hands out life term to 25 others for attacking Sheikh Hasina 25 years ago
  • A Bangladeshi court on Wednesday sentenced nine activists of a Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led alliance to death and 25 others to life in prison for attacking Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina 25 years ago

  • Hasina was leading a nationwide campaign by rail when her coach came under attack upon arriving in Pabna's Ishwardy on 23 September, 1994

  • Hasina survived the assault carried out during BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's first term as prime minister

Dhaka: A Bangladeshi court on Wednesday sentenced nine activists of a Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)-led alliance to death and 25 others to life in prison for attacking Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina 25 years ago when she was the Opposition leader. Hasina was leading a nationwide campaign by rail when her coach came under attack upon arriving in Pabna's Ishwardy on 23 September, 1994.

Bangladesh court sentences nine to death hands out life term to 25 others for attacking Sheikh Hasina 25 years ago

File image of Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Reuters

Hasina survived the assault carried out during BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's first term as prime minister. A Pabna court sentenced nine people to death and 25 others to life in prison for attacking the train, media reports said. Additional Sessions Judge Rostom Ali also jailed 13 people for 10 years.

The railway police, as plaintiff, initiated a case against 135 people in connection with the incident. But the investigation hit a snag during the BNP's rule before picking up speed once the Awami League formed government in 1996, reports said. Police later submitted a charge sheet against 52 accused at the end of the probe.

After the verdict, local BNP activists held a protest on the court premises while ruling Awami League supporters and activists held separate procession expressing satisfaction over the judgement.
The judgement came on a day when Hasina arrived in Beijing on an official visit.

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