Dhaka, December 22: A Dhaka court on Thursday granted seven days remand to seven officials of Biman Bangladesh Airlines in connection with the case filed over technical glitch of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s flight.
Investigation Officer (IO) Mahbub Alam of Counter Terrorism and Translation Crime unit produced the arrestees before the court and sought 10-day remand for each.
Magistrate of Dhaka metropolitan court Snigdha Rani Chakrabarty passed the order after hearing the case.
The seven arrestees are- Chief engineer (production) Debesh Chowdhury, Chief engineer (quality assurance) SA Siddique, Principal Engineer (maintenance and system control) Billal Hossain, Engineer Samiul Haque, Lutfar Rahman, Milon Chandra Biswas and Zakir Hossain.
Earlier, police arrested them in connection with technical glitch in a national flag carrier that was carrying Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Hungary.
The Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) arrested them from their respective houses in the capital in connection with a case filed on Tuesday night.
They were arrested from different areas of Dhaka, CTTC Deputy Commissioner Mohibul Islam Khan said on Thursday morning.
The arrested persons are expected to be produced before a court anytime today where police would plead for placing them on remand for interrogation.
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.