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4 killed as train torched in Bangladesh – Times of India


DHAKA: Unidentified persons set on fire a passenger train here in the Bangladesh capital on Tuesday killing at least four people, including a woman and her minor son, amidst the political unrest over the January 7 elections. The attack coincided with the nationwide stoppage called by the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Tuesday as part of its ongoing campaign to boycott the polls and launch a formal protest against the Election Commission’s polls schedule.
Bangladesh railway minister Nurul Islam Sujon accused the BNP, led by former PM Khaleda Zia, of “arson” and “sabotage”. He said BNP was resorting to violence in the name of anti-government protests to thwart the January 7 national election and “create chaos”. Zia’s party – which is boycotting the election – issued a statement denying the accusation. “There is deep suspicion among the public whether this incident has been carried out as a ploy to divert public attention from the ongoing democratic movement,” said the party’s senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
The arson attack on the train was the fifth in the past month but the deadliest so far in terms of casualties. The miscreants set on fire three compartments of the Dhaka-bound inter-district Mohanganj Express early morning shortly after the train left the Airport Railway Station at the entry point of the capital, police and witnesses said.
“The passengers saw the fire after the train left the Airport station, it was stopped at the next stop at Tejgaon station,” Tejgaon police station officer-in-charge Mohammad Mohsin said. Railway officials said the locomotive master halted the train at Tejgaon where the fire service rescuers doused the blaze and retrieved four bodies while two of the dead remained unidentified.


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