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Khaleda shown arrested in Comilla arson case

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has been shown arrested in a murder case filed over the 2015 arson attack on a bus in Chouddagram upazila of Comilla that left eight people dead, reports private TV station News24.


The former prime minister has been staying in old jail on Nazimuddin Road in Dhaka since Thursday last as a Dhaka court sentenced her five years imprisonment for embezzling Tk 21 million.


Her son BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman and four others got 10 years in jail and fined Tk 20 million each.


Eight people were killed and at least 20 others injured when miscreants hurled a petrol bomb at a bus at Chouddagram’s Jogmohanpur on February 3, 2015, during the BNP-led alliance’s nationwide anti-government movement.


Two cases – one under the Explosive Substances Act and another for murder – were started against 56 people, including Khaleda, over the incident.


Later, Chouddagram police station Sub-Inspector Nuruzzaman had filed the murder case, in which the arrest warrant was issued Tuesday, accusing 77 people including the BNP chief.


Inspector Firoz Ahmed of the Detective Branch of police had submitted the charge sheet recently against Khaleda and 68 others, dropping the names of five of the accused while three others died.


On October 9 last year, another Comilla court had also ordered the arrest of Khaleda and 45 others in the explosives case.