Petrapole: Bangladesh on Saturday hinted at a foreign hand behind the coup attempt against the Sheikh Hasina government.

“There could be a foreign hand,” Bangladesh Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith said on the sidelines of a programme here.

The Bangladesh Army said on Thursday it had thwarted the attempt, by over a dozen retired and serving officers with 'fanatical religious views', to topple the government.

It has arrested two former army officers who had plotted the coup in which about a dozen military personnel were said to be involved.

The Bangladesh Minister said the fact that the coup was prevented showed that a preventive mechanism was in place.

Muhith said there has been a feeling of relief among the public when the army announced that the coup was averted.