Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit has arrested seven Biman officials in connection with the emergency landing of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s aircraft en route to Hungary.
They were arrested from different areas of Dhaka, CTTC Deputy Commissioner Mohibul Islam Khan confirmed to the Dhaka Tribune on Thursday morning.
Earlier, Biman Director (engineering and management) MAM Asaduzzaman filed a case under the Special Powers Act with Airport police on Tuesday night, accusing nine of its engineers who had been suspended based on preliminary findings.
The nine are Chief Engineer (production) Debesh Chowdhury, Chief Engineer (quality assurance) SA Siddique and Principal Engineer (maintenance and system control) Billal Hossain; technical staff SM Rokonuzzaman, Samiul Huq, Lutfar Rahman, Milon Chandra Das and technician Siddiqur Rahman.
Accepting the case, the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Golam Nabi asked the Airport police to submit the report by January 12.
All the three probe reports submitted to the government have found that human negligence caused the technical problem. The final report prepared by the Civil Aviation Ministry was handed over to the minister on December 18.
On November 23, the VVIP flight carrying Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was forced to make an emergency landing at Ashgabat International Airport in Turkmenistan on her way to attend the UN Water Summit in Budapest.
The plane was carrying 99 passengers including the premier, and four cockpit crew, 20 cabin crew and four aircraft engineers.
Three inquiry committees were formed following the incident – one by the Civil Aviation Ministry, one by Biman and another by the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon said on Sunday that the incident was a result of negligence but he could not confirm whether it was intentional.
Source: Dhaka Tribune, Dhaka, Bangladesh