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BNP leaders' death in prison: Family says Rajshahi leader had prolonged ailments

  • BNP leader was sentenced to life imprisonment.
  • The death was reported on September 16, 2023
Update : 14 Feb 2024, 08:20 PM

Family members of Pabna district unit leader Abul Kalam Azad have stated that he died in Rajshahi District Prison Hospital last year while suffering from various complex diseases, including diabetes, for a long time.

Azad, 65, died on September 16, 2023. He was sentenced to life term imprisonment for attacking a train carrying then-opposition leader Sheikh Hasina in 1994.

Mohammad Nizam Uddin, the then jailer of Rajshahi District Prison, confirmed the death.

He said that after Azad fell sick in the afternoon, he was taken to the hospital, where he breathed his last at 2:50pm. After legal proceedings, Azad’s body was taken to Pakshi on September 17.

Earlier on Friday, BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi claimed in a press conference at Naya Paltan that torture in prisons is to blame for the deaths of 13 party leaders in the last three months.

Hailing from Baghail of Pakshi in Pabna, Abul Kalam Azad was a former chairman of Pakshi Union at Ishwardi and former general secretary of Pakshi Union BNP.

He had been suffering from various complex diseases, including diabetes, for a long time. He was also taken to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital several times, according to family sources.

Pabna District BNP Convener Habibur Rahman Habib claimed that Azad died due to a lack of proper treatment in the jail.

On September 23, 1994, a case was filed at the Railway Police Station regarding an arson attack, hurling a bomb, and attacking the train convoy of the then opposition party leader and current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Ishwardi railway station.

After 25 years, on July 3, 2019, a court sentenced 25 people to life sentence, 13 to 10 years of imprisonment, and nine to death.

BNP leader Azad had been in jail since the verdict. Later, he was sent to Rajshahi Jail along with other prisoners.

Following Rizvi’s claim, a writ petition was filed on Sunday seeking an international standard of investigation and compensation for the families of the 13 imprisoned BNP leaders who died in prison in the past few months.

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