Ex-Bangla PM Zia charged with ‘masterminding’ arson attack

Written by | January 25, 2015 | 0

Dhaka: Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia has been charged by police with masterminding an arson attack on a bus that left 29 people injured, days after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the former premier could be put on trial for recent violence.

“She (Zia) has been charged in a particular case of carrying out the arson attack on a bus with petrol bombs on Friday evening at Jatrabari area (in the capital),” a police officer familiar with the development told reporters.

He said the Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader was named in the case as the ‘hukumer ashami’ or accused of ordering the attack that wounded 29 people, nine of them critically.

Another official, on condition of anonymity, told PTI that the case was filed early yesterday but the disclosure came late night because of the death of Zia’s self-exiled younger son Arafat Rahman Koko in Malaysia.

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