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Comilla court orders execution of Khaleda arrest warrant by April 24

  • Published at 02:29 am February 26th, 2018
Khaleda Zia
File photo of BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia Collected

A Comilla court has ordered police to execute the arrest warrant for Khaleda Zia and 48 other BNP leaders and activists by April 24 in a case filed over an arson attack on a bus in Chouddagram upazila that left eight people dead in 2015. Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Joynab Begum on Sunday passed the order and fixed April 24 as the next date for hearing, court police inspector Subrata Banerjee said. The same court on January 2, after accepting the charge sheet against 69 people, had issued the warrant for the BNP chairperson and others as they did not appear before it that day. Eight people were killed and at least 20 others injured when miscreants hurled a petrol bomb at a bus at Chouddagram’s Jogmohanpur during the BNP-led alliance's movement and nationwide blockade on February 3, 2015. Two separate cases - one under the Explosive Substances Act and another for murder - were filed over the incident. Chouddagram police Sub-Inspector Nururzzaman had filed the murder case against 77 people, including Khaleda. Firoz Ahmed, inspector of police’s Detective Branch and also the case investigation officer, later submitted the charge sheet accusing 69 people. October 9, 2017, another Comilla court had ordered the arrest of Khaleda and 45 others in the explosives case.