A Comilla court on Tuesday rejected the bail petition of Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia in a case filed over the 2015 arson attack on a bus in Chouddagram upazila that left eight people dead.
Senior judicial magistrate Mustain Billah of judicial magistrate court-5 rejected the bail prayer after holding a hearing on the petition.
‘We will file a bail petition with the district judges court,’ Khaleda Zia’s lawyer Kaimul Haque Rinku told the journalists in the afternoon.
After she was shown arrested in the case on March 12, the court asked the police to produce Khaleda Zia before it on March 28.
Khaleda, who was now in Dhaka old central jail, did not appear before the court due to her illness, said the lawyer.
Eight people were killed and at least 20 others were injured when assailants hurled a petrol bomb at a bus at Jogmohanpur in Chouddagram during the BNP-led alliance’s movement on February 3, 2015.
Two cases — one under the Explosive Substances Act and another for murder — were filed over the incident.
Sub-inspector Nururzzaman filed the murder case against 77 people, including Khaleda Zia.
October 9, 2017, a Comilla court ordered the arrest of Khaleda Zia and 45 other leaders and activists of her party in the case filed under the Explosive Substances Act over the arson attack.
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