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7 central BNP leaders sued over train attack

Edit Date:10/15/2010 12:00:00 AM



Seven central Bangladesh Nationalist Party leaders were sued in Sirgajganj on Wednesday on charges of plotting attack on intercity express train Drutajan near the venue of a BNP rally in the district on Monday.

 Former district Juba League president Golam Haider, also an assistant public prosecutor, filed the case with the Jamuna Bridge west police about 8:30pm against BNP leaders Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Nazrul Islam Khan, Iqbal hasan Mahmud Tuku, Amanullah Aman and Hannan Shah and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal president Sultan Salahuddin Tuku and general secretary Amirul Islam Khan Alim.

 The police arrested 27 more people in separate drives from Tuesday night to early Wednesday in connection with the attack on an intercity train near the venue of a BNP rally in Sirajganj. The mob not only vandalized the coaches but set them on fire, and unscrupulous elements took advantage of the situation to rob the passengers.

 The law enforcers have so far arrested 46 people in this connection.

 At least five persons (according to the police) were killed by the Drutajan Express when it ploughed through an opposition rally spilling onto the tracks at Saidabad near the Bangabandhu Multipurpose Bridge in Sirajganj on Monday. The BNP members claimed that seven persons had been run over and killed.

 Two employees of the Bangladesh Railway were beaten nearly to death shortly after the accident.

 More than a hundred passengers of the Dhaka-bound Drutajan Express from Dinajpur were also injured when the mob threw stones at the coaches and vandalised them before setting several of them on fire after the accident.

 The mob also beat up the driver of the train and a guard of the nearby rail-crossing.

 The arrestees, mostly activists of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal and Juba Dal, were brought to Sirajganj thana.

 The Sirajganj police arrested nine people and Jamuna Bridge (west) police arrested 11 more during separate drives from Monday midnight to early Tuesday.

Sirajganj’s additional superintendent of police, Delwar Hossain Sayedee, said that law enforcers from nine thanas conducted separate raids in several upazilas including Sirajganj headquarters, Shahzadpur, Belkuchi, Ullapara and Raiganj in the district and arrested the alleged culprits.

 Six cases were filed with Bangabandhu Jamuna Bridge (west) thana and Government Railway Police Station, accusing at least five thousand people but mentioning the names of 39 persons only.

 The cases were filed for damaging and torching the coaches, attacking law enforcers and train passengers and looting their properties.

 The Sirajganj BNP district unit’s general secretary, Mokaddes Ali, told New Age that a mourning procession was scheduled to start at 11:00am from the party office, but they could not bring it out due to the police.

 The superintendent of police, Musharraf Hossain, said they had stopped the mourning procession to prevent any unwarranted situation

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