Bangladesh court issues arrest warrants against 22 Opposition members

The 22 members of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) also include Barkatullah Bulu, vice-chairman of BNP and Shamsur Rahman Shimul Biswas, personal assistant to the party chief Khaleda Zia.

By: PTI | Dhaka | Published:November 13, 2016 9:52 pm

A Bangladeshi court on Sunday issued arrest warrants against 22 opposition leaders and activists for indulging in arson, violence and subversive activities in the capital. Judge Kamrul Hossain Mollah of Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court passed the arrest warrant against the 22 accused showing them as fugitives.

The 22 members of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) also include Barkatullah Bulu, vice-chairman of BNP and Shamsur Rahman Shimul Biswas, personal assistant to the party chief and former prime minister Khaleda Zia.

Former BNP lawmaker Syeda Ashifa Ashrafi Papia, Maruf Kamal Khan, Khairul Kabir Khokon, former BNP ward councilor Md Kaiyum are among the other accused in the case, the Daily Star reported.

The court also fixed January 22 as the next date of hearing in the case. The accused are facing charges for allegedly throwing petrol bombs on a vehicle in Shantinagar area of the capital in February last year.