Dhaka: Two more accused have been placed on remand in connection with a case filed for technical faults in a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight carrying Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her entourage to Hungary's capital Budapest recently.
Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Nurun Nahar Yasmin placed two accused--Biman's engineering department official Nazmul Huq and technician Shah Alam--on the remand.
Earlier, Mahbub Alam, investigation officer of the case, and Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit's inspector, produced the accused before the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Dhaka and pleaded to place them on a 10-day remand. After hearing, the court placed the accused on a seven-day remand.
The court also fixed January 12 for submitting inquiry report in the case.
On December 20 last year, the case was filed accusing nine people including chief engineer of Bangladesh Biman. Later, two more were arrested on Monday and they were shown arrested in the case.
The nine accused who were named at the beginning were Biman's chief engineer (Production) Debesh Chowdhury, chief engineer (Quality Assurance) SA Siddique, chief engineer (Maintenance and System Control) Billal Hossain, engineering official SM Rokonuzzaman, Samiul Huq, Lutfar Rahman, Milon Chandra Biswas, Zakir Hosayn and technician Siddiqur Rahman.
With the arrest of Biman's engineering department official Nazmul Huq and technician Shah Alam on Monday, the number of accused in the case has stood at 11.
The case statement says that the Biman's flight that was carrying Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her entourage to Hungary's capital Budapest made an emergency landing at Ashgabat International Airport in the capital of Turkmenistan after technical faults were detected in the oil tanker. The aircraft left for Hungary's capital Budapest four hours after repairing the fauls there.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism formed a five-member committee on November 28 to probe whether there were any subversive act involved in loosening a nut of the aircraft's oil tanker.
Besides, Biman Bangladesh Airlines and Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh formed two more committees to investigate the matter. These two committees have already submitted their probe reports. On the basis of the reports, the accused have already been suspended from Biman.