Some 40 opposition leaders and activists, including BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, have been sued for Tuesday night's arson attack on a police bus in the capital's Bangla Motor that left a traffic police dead.
BNP standing committee members Mirza Abbas and Goyeshwar Chandra Roy and the party's Joint Secretary Generals Amanullah Aman and Barkatullah Bulu and Jamaat-e-Islami acting secretary general Shafiqur Rahman are among the accused top BNP and Jamaat leaders.
Sub-inspector of Ramna Model Police Station Nazmul Islam yesterday filed the case, mentioning the names of 18 opposition men, said Selim Mia, an inspector (investigation) of the police station.
Masudur Rahman, deputy commissioner (media) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, told The Daily Star that the top opposition leaders had been accused of “instigating and masterminding” the attack.
Ferdous Khalil, a traffic constable, was killed on the spot and Faizul Islam, a constable, and Bayzid, driver of the requisitioned bus, were injured as arsonists set fire to the vehicle at Bangla Motor around 11:20pm, hours after the opposition alliance's 83-hour blockade ended.
The injured have been undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday directed the law enforcement agencies to hunt down the criminals involved in the arson attack, reported UNB.