A Bangladeshi court has sentenced nine activists of a BNP-led alliance to death and 25 others to life imprisonment for attacking a train carrying Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina 25 years ago when she was the Opposition leader.
Thirteen other people were sentenced to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment by the Pabna court. On September 23, 1994, Hasina was leading a nationwide election campaign by rail and holding rallies at different stations.
As her train reached Pakshey railway Station in Pabna’s Ishwardi, it was attacked with crude bombs and gunshots. Hasina survived the assault carried out during Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s first term as prime minister.
Expressing satisfaction over the verdict, public prosecutor Akteruzzaman Mukata said, after a long legal battle, the court punished all 47-charge-sheeted accused according to proper witness and evidence.