Probe into London mission attack starts | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, April 28, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:28 AM, April 28, 2018

Probe into London mission attack starts

Acting High Commissioner Khondker M Talha withdrawn

The government has formed a high-profile investigation committee to look into the February 7 attack on the Bangladesh High Commission in London.

Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations in New York Masud Bin Momen has been made head of the committee, a diplomatic source told the news agency without elaborating on the composition of the body.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Deputy High Commissioner in London Khondker M Talha has been withdrawn and asked to join the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Dhaka before May 7.

Another source said the government has not shown any reason behind the withdrawal of Talha who has been in London for nearly three years and eight months.

He is expected to return to Dhaka on May 3.

During the February 7 attack, Talha was the acting Bangladesh High Commissioner in London.

Leaders and activists of BNP attacked the staff of the High Commission and ransacked its furniture, which the government saw as “tantamount to attack on Bangladesh”.

The sudden attack came on February 7 afternoon ahead of the verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia. Khaleda, also a former prime minister, was jailed for five years on February 8 after she was found guilty in the case.

In a statement, the Bangladesh High Commission in London had said the BNP activists and members of its wings forcibly entered the commission premises on the pretext of submitting a memorandum.

"Bangladesh High Commission in London represents Bangladesh in the UK. So, damaging the High Commission's asset is like damaging state assets, and attack on the High Commission is tantamount to attack on Bangladesh," according to the statement, which was read out by Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali at press conference in Dhaka on February 8.

Such destructive activities by the unruly demonstrators and their conducts tarnished Bangladesh's image abroad, the statement said.

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