Hasina train attack convict dies

Pabna Correspondent
Published : 18:25, Aug 22, 2019 | Updated : 18:26, Aug 22, 2019

Abdul Hakim TenuOne of the convicts in the Sheikh Hasina train attack case has died at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH).
Fifty-six-year-old Abdul Hakim Tenu, who was serving a life sentence, died on Thursday (Aug 22) while undergoing treatment, confirmed Halima Khatun, senior superintendant of Rajshahi Central Jail.
She said that he was admitted to the hospital on Aug 10 and he had been suffering from cardiac problems and diabetes for a long time.
Hakim, a BNP activist at Ishawardi, was amongst the 25 people to be given a life sentence over the 1994 attack on a train carrying the then leader of opposition Sheikh Hasina.
A Pabna court, on July 3, gave death penalty to nine BNP leaders and activists over the case. They were also slapped with a fine of Tk 500,000 each.
It also gave life sentence to 25 other BNP leaders and activists and each was slapped with a fine of Tk 300,000 each, failure to pay which will result an additional two years of imprisonment.
Thirteen more people got 10 years in prison and fined Tk100,00 each, with additional one-year imprisonment in failure to pay the fine.
Seven other convicts are still on the run while five died while the trial was ongoing.
All the convicts were activists and leaders of BNP, its youth wing Jatiyatabadi Juba Dal, and student front Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, based in Pabna’s Ishwardi upazila when the attack took place.