Ruling Awami League lawmaker and former information minister Abul Kalam Azad on Wednesday said a conspiracy is on to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in which some ruling party members are also involved for money. The treasury bench lawmaker came up with the remark while participating in a general discussion on the assassination of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members on August 15, 1975. He, however, declined to say anything in Parliament in details regarding his claim. He mentioned that If he could told the prime minister privately about the alleged plot. Read: Russia-Ukraine war may strain Bangladesh’s balance of payments, PM Hasina tells Parliament The former minister said that DGFI, NSI, DB and other intelligence agencies are not giving right information to the prime minister. He advised the prime minister to collect information using her own mechanism and foil the conspiracy. He also said BNP and Jamaat are still plotting with money coming from abroad. He also urged the PM to look after the party members working at district and upazila levels.
Prime Minister’s International Affairs Adviser Professor Dr Gowher Rizvi has said following Bangabandhu's brutal assassination on 15 August 1975, the killers also plotted to murder Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana abroad, which was prevented by the host government of their country of residence at the time. Dr. Rizvi, an internationally renowned historian and researcher, said there is evidence of a collective and individual conspiracy behind the assassination of Bangabandhu and his family that began during the liberation war long before Bangladesh gained independence. "Bangabandhu was captured and taken to Pakistan not to be returned alive." Dr Rizvi also said, “The main goal of the conspirators was to take back the country to pre-independence state and prevent Bangabandhu from establishing a progressive, secular and Bengali nationalism-based Bangladesh by killing him. He said sufficient evidence of these has been found. "They will be disclosed in due course.” He made the remarks while speaking as the chief guest at Bangladesh High Commission, London’s commemorative event on the 47th anniversary of the martyrdom of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the National Mourning Day. High Commissioner for Bangladesh to the UK Saida Muna Tasneem delivered the commemorative speech at the event, organised on Monday at a hotel in the Royal Borough of Kensington where Shadow Minister for Asia and the Pacific Catherine West, MP and Vice Chair of All Party Parliamentary Group on Bangladesh Lord Sheikh were the special guests. Eminent member of student action committee of the 1971 overseas freedom movement for Bangladesh liberation in the UK Syed Mojammel Ali also spoke on the occasion.
A court here on Monday sent Zakaria Pintu, fugitive death row convict of a case filed over the attack on a train carrying the then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina in 1994, to jail. He was produced before court around 2 pm and the court directed to send him to Pabna jail, said Ataur Rahman, Officer-in-Charge of Detective Branch of Pabna police. On Saturday night, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested Zakaria Pintu, 50, of Ishwardi, from Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar during a drive. Also read: 1994 assassination attempt: Fugitive death row convict held in city Pintu was former general secretary of BNP and then general secretary of Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal in 1994. Pintu was transferred to Ishwardi police station on Sunday and was kept under the custody of district DB police, said OC Ataur Rahman. During primary interrogation, Pintu confessed that he was a fugitive accused of carrying out bomb attack on a train at Ishwardi railway station with the intention of killing the now Prime Minister. Pintu was convicted in two murder case in Ishwardi in 1994 and in 2009. He was later arrested along with arms by law enforcers in 2011 and sentenced to 17 years in jail in an arms case. Apart from the death sentence and imprisonment, there are six arrest warrants and 19 cases filed against him over various crimes, including terrorist activities, establishing dominance and extortion. In 2015, he also took part in a local election in Pabna's Ishwardi as an independent candidate and lost it. On September 23 in 1994, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was travelling to Syedpur from Khulna in a train and was attacked with bombs and gunshots at Ishwardi Railway station, as per the release. A case was filed under the Explosives Act and Special Powers Act at Ishwardi GRP Police Station in Pabna in this regard. Later, the investigating officer of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) submitted a chargesheet against a total of 52 people on April 3 in 1997, it added. After long proceedings, nine accused, including Pintu, were sentenced to death while 25 to life imprisonment and 13 others to 10 years in prison on July 3, 2019. He went into hiding soon after the sentence in the assassination attempt case was announced in 2019. He fled to India on the day following the judgment. After staying there for some days, he returned to the country and went into hiding in different parts of the country, including Dhaka, Rajshahi and Cox's Bazar. He was last detained by RAB-2 while hiding at his friend's house in Teknaf of Cox's Bazar.