A convicted BNP activist, who was sentenced to life-term imprisonment for attacking a train carrying then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina in 1994, died yesterday at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital.
The deceased is Abdul Hakim Tenu, 58. He was a member of Ishwardi municipality unit of BNP.
Tenu was suffering from cardiac problems and was undergoing treatment at the hospital for the last 12 days.
Twenty-five years after the attack in Pabna’s Ishwardi upazila, a Pabna court sentenced nine BNP leaders and activists to death, 25 to life-term imprisonment, and 13 were sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment on July 3, this year.
Rustom Ali, additional district and sessions judge, declared the verdict. Forty-three among the 47 accused surrendered before the court and were sent to Pabna Jail. After the verdict, they were shifted to Rajshahi Central Jail.
Forty-three convicts filed appeal against the verdict on July 21 with the High Court.
Tenu was suffering from cardiac problems since he was sent to jail. As his condition worsened, the jail authorities shifted him to the hospital for better treatment on August 10, said jailer Md Habibur Rahman of Rajshahi Central Jail.
Tenu died around 12:40pm and the body was sent to the hospital morgue for autopsy, Habibur said.