Taking a tough stand against militants, a Bangladesh court today sentenced 10 militants to death for their attempt to assassinate Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The militants belonged to Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami (HuJI), which is an Islamic fundamentalist organization. HuJI is a banned organization, since it has been involved in various terror activities. The court also passed its order for 9 other terrorists of the same organization. The other 9 terrorists were ordered a jail term of 20 years. It may be recalled that these terrorists had tried to assassinate Hasina in the year 2000. At that time, Hasina was scheduled to address a public rally and the terrorists had planned to detonate bombs to kill her. However, Hasina had managed to escape the assassination attempt.
At that time, Hasina had become the Prime Minister of Bangladesh for the first time. The terrorists had planted 2 massive bombs, each of which weighed 76 kg. The bombs were planted in an open ground at Hasina’s village home in southwestern Gopalganj. However, Hasina was saved since the bomb was detected by security officials well before the rally started. Dhaka’s Speedy Trial Tribunal-2 judge Mamtaz Begum said that the convicts will be either hanged to death or will be shot, after getting permission from the High Court.