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Case filed over Biman flight hijack attempt

  • Published at 12:57 am February 26th, 2019
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The Biman Bangladesh Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at the Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong on Sunday, February 23, 2019 Courtesy

The case has been filed under the Anti-Terrorism Act and the Aviation Security Anti Crime Act

The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has started a case for the attempted hijacking of a Bangladesh Biman Airlines aircraft.

Debtosh Sarker, technical assistant of CAAB, filed the case at Patenga police station in Chittagong on Monday night.

Hamidul Alam, deputy commissioner (Port) of Chittagong Metropolitan Police, told the Dhaka Tribune that the case was filed against Palash Ahmed under the Anti-Terrorism Act and the Aviation Security Anti Crime Act.

On Sunday evening, Palash managed to hijack Biman’s Flight BG-147 mid-air after it took off from Dhaka, and forced the pilot to land at Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong.

He did not harm any passengers or crew members, but had demanded to talk to the prime minister and his wife. However, Palash was killed in an exchange of fire with security forces during their raid.

No other casualties took place during the one and a half hour crisis.

On Monday morning, Rapid Action Battalion confirmed that a fingerprint search of the suspected hijacker in their criminal database matched that of Palash, of Narayanganj’s Sonargaon area.