Sheikh Hasina. File image credit - SheThePeople.TV

A Bangladesh court on Wednesday sentenced nine Bangladesh National Party (BNP) activists to death and gave life imprisonment to 25 others for allegedly trying to kill Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 1994.

Moreover, 13 people have also been given jail terms of 10 years.

Hasina, who was leading a nationwide campaign by rail, fell under the attack of some rogues on her arrival at the Ishawardy area of Pabna district in Bangladesh on September 23, 1994.

The rogues had thrown bombs and fired on the coach of the train and allegedly tried to kill Hasina, who was the Opposition leader at that time, say reports.

The planned attack on Hasina was carried out when BNP leader Khaleda Zia was the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.

Bangladesh railway police had first lodged a case against 135 people in connection with the attack.

However, the investigation into the case took a backseat after Bangladesh Awami League came into power and Hasina was elected as the Bangladesh Prime Minister in 1996.

The police later submitted a chargesheet against 52 guilty persons at the end of the investigation.

The judgement came at a time when Hasina is on a five-day official visit to China.

Hasina was also targeted to be killed in 2000.

Some convicts had tried to kill her 19 years ago in a public rally at Gopalganj in Bangladesh.

The convicts had planted a high-powered explosive device at the venue where Hasina was expected to deliver a speech.

However, Hasina got saved as security officials detected the bomb ahead of the rally.

The convicts were sentenced by a court in 2017. Ten people had been sentenced to death and nine others were given jail terms of 20 years.

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