Dhaka, Jul 5(BAN/CD): Current prime minister and the then opposition leader, Sheikh Hasina was leading a campaign by rail when her coach came under attack upon arriving in Pabna’s Ishwardy on Sept 23, 1994.
A Pabna court has sentenced nine people to death and 25 others to life in prison for attacking a train that carried Sheikh Hasina 25 years ago.
Additional Sessions Judge Rostom Ali also jailed 13 people for 10 years.
The attack, which was carried out during BNP Chairperson Zia Khaleda’s first term as Prime Minister, did not result in harm to Hasina.
The railway police, as plaintiff, subsequently 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.
Police later submitted a charge sheet against 52 accused, including Bablu and Pintu, at the end of the probe.