The News Minute | February 02, 2015 | 03.20 pm IST
Former Bangladesh prime minister Khaleda Zia Monday was sued for the murder of 42 people during the anti-government movement led by her Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) since Jan 5.
Besides Zia, three other BNP officials -- standing committee member Rafiqul Islam Mia, vice chairman Shamser Mobin Chowdhury and pro-BNP intellectual Emajuddin Ahmed -- have also been sued, the Daily Star reported.
After hearing the complaint, Dhaka's Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Atikur Rahman ordered Gulshan police to investigate the allegations.
â€śKhaleda Zia masterminded the incidents of killing while the rest three instigated the incidents,â€ť A.B.Siddique, president of Bangladesh Jananetri Parishad, a pro-Awami League organisation, said in his complaint.
Siddique filed the case ealier in the day in the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrateâ€™s Court.
The complaint says the BNP-led 20-party men blasted petrol bombs and crude bombs during the non-stop movement, leaving 42 people dead and hundreds injured.
The blockade, that continued for the 28th day Monday, began after the government did not allow the BNP to hold a rally marking the first anniversary of the Jan 5 elections as â€śdemocracy killing dayâ€ť.