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Bomb Attack on Hasina’s Motorcade

Fugitive convict held after 19 years

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 22 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Fugitive convict held after 19 years

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A fugitive convict in the case filed for attempting to kill then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina, now Prime Minister of the country, was arrested in the capital on Friday about 19 years after the incident.

A team of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) arrested the convict, Arifur Rahman Ranju, in the city’s Hazaribagh area.

Ranju, former leader of Kalaroa Government College Unit of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), was sentenced to 10 years in prison in the case.

AKM Hafiz Akhter, additional commissioner (DB) of the DMP, disclosed this to reporters at the DMP media centre on Saturday.

On August 30, 2002, Ranju along with a number of people carried out an attack on the motorcade of the then Opposition Leader of the Jatiya Sangshad Sheikh Hasina in Satkhira. Bombs were hurled at the motorcade aiming to kill her.

On the day, Sheikh Hasina went to Satkhira Central Hospital to visit a freedom fighter’s wife who had been raped . Her motorcade was attacked in front of the Kalaroa Upazila BNP office while she was on her way back to Dhaka. 

Moslem Uddin, the then general secretary of the Kolaroa Upazila Unit of Awami League, went to file a case with Kalaroa Police Station, but the case was not registered. He then filed the case with Satkhira Judicial Magistrate’s Court.

On December 25, 2003, police submitted a report before the court, stating that the allegation in the case was not true.

Challenging the report, the plaintiff filed a no-confidence petition, which was dismissed by the court. Later, the plaintiff filed a revision petition with the High Court.

On July 28, 2013, the High Court passed an order directing the police to reconsider the case and conduct a fresh investigation into it.

On February 3, 2021, the court gave verdict of the case.

Hafiz Akhter said that Ranju went into hiding immediately after the attack.