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Glitch in PM’s flight: Prosecution case filed against three

  • Published at 01:56 am May 16th, 2018
Glitch in PM’s flight: Prosecution case filed against three
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Focus Bangla

A prosecution case has been filed against three people, including two engineers of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, over the technical glitch in a VVIP flight of the national flag carrier carrying Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2016.

Taking cognisance of the case filed by the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) on Sunday, Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Shuvrato Ghosh summoned the accused to appear before it on June 17.

The accused are Biman engineers Siddiqur Rahman and Nazmul Hoque, and junior technician Shah Alam.

On April 4, Metropolitan Session's Court judge Quamrul Hossain Mollah had acquitted all the 11 accused in another case filed over the incident.

The 11 officials were Siddiqur, Nazmul, Alam, Biman chief engineer Debesh Chowdhury, Chief Engineer (quality assurance) SS Siddique, Principal Engineer (system and maintenance) Billal Hossain, engineers Shamiul Haque, Niron Chandra Bishwas, Lutfar Rahman, Zakir Hossain and SM Rokonuzzaman.

However, the court granted a petition filed by case investigation officer and CTTC Inspector Mahbubul Alam to file a prosecution case against the trio as the negligence of duty against them was found to be true.

On December 7 last year, Mahbubul had submitted the final report to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court recommending acquitting all the accused.

A Biman flight carrying the prime minister had to make an emergency landing at Ashgabat International Airport in Turkmenistan on its way to Budapest on November 27, 2016 following low oil pressure in its engine.

Three probe panels were formed by Biman, Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh and the Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry the next day to look into the flight trouble.

A total of nine officials, including three Biman engineers, were suspended for their negligence of duty in this connection.

On December 20 that year, Biman Director (Engineering and Management) MM Asaduzzaman had filed the case against nine officials of the national flag carrier at the Airport Police Station under the Special Powers Act.

The following day, the DMP headquarters issued an order to transfer the case to CTTC unit.

Later, two more officials were arrested in the case.