Biman hijacker served jail time for kidnapping

Publish: 12:05 PM, February 25, 2019 | Update: 12:05:PM, February 25, 2019

The armed suspect—who died in an exchange of fire with security forces after hijacking a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight—has been identified by RAB.

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Legal and Media Wing Director Mufti Mahmud Khan told the Dhaka Tribune: “We ran a fingerprint search of the suspected hijacker in the criminal database. The records identified the suspect as Md Palash Ahmed, a resident of Sonargaon area in Narayanganj.

“He has a prior criminal record from an arrest seven years ago. He was arrested with an accomplice for abducting a teenager. They asked for Tk800,000 in ransom. A case had been filed against him on February 22, 2012. The police rescued the victim of kidnapping a little over a month later on March 24. Palash was in jail for 20 days before he was let out on bail,” the RAB spokesperson said.

According to the passenger records of the flight, Palash booked a Dhaka-Chittagong flight on the plane. His seat number was 17A

On Sunday night, an armed suspect who tried to hijack a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight was killed in an exchange of fire with security forces during a raid at the Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong.