Attack on Sheikh Hasina’s Train: BNP leader Pintu arrested...

Attack on Sheikh Hasina’s Train: BNP leader Pintu arrested

 Staff Correspondent   daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 01:12 PM, 26 June 2022   Updated: 01:13 PM, 26 June 2022

Zakaria Pintu

Zakaria Pintu

The members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested BNP leader Zakaria Pintu, a fugitive who was sentenced to death over an armed attack on a train carrying the then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina in Pabna in 1994. 

He was arrested from Teknaf in Cox's Bazar on Saturday. Further details on the matter will be revealed at a media briefing later today.  

The arrested Zakaria Pintu is a former general secretary of Ishwardi Municipal BNP unit in Pabna. He remained absconding for three years after a court sentenced him to death. 

Khandaker Al Moin, commander of the RAB's legal and media wing, said that Sheikh Hasina (now the Prime Minister of Bangladesh) was travelling from Khulna to Syedpur via train and holding rallies at different stations on September, 23 in 1994. As her train reached Pakshey Railway Station in Pabna’s Ishwardi upazila it was attacked with crude bombs and gunshots and the attack continued till Ishwardi Railway station. 

Nazrul Islam, the then officer-in-charge of Ishwardi GRP Police Station, filed the case accusing five persons of BNP and its ally parties. Police pressed a charge sheet accusing 52 BNP men and its wing leaders and activists on April 4, 1997, but all of them secured bail from court. 

After 25 years of the attack on a train carrying the then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina, a Pabna court sentenced nine BNP leaders and activists to death and 25 to life term imprisonment. 

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