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Quader: Grenade attack verdict to be independent

  • Published at 12:20 am August 26th, 2018
tunnel under the Karnaphuli River
Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader visits the construction site of a tunnel under the Karnaphuli River in Chittagong yesterday Focus Bangla Focus Bangla

The verdict will be delivered in September

Awami League Secretary General Obaidul Quader has said the verdict in August 21 Grenade attack case will be independent and free from any influence.

"BNP is involved in the killings. No matter, who the killers are and how powerful they are, they won't be pardoned. Anyone who will be convicted in the trial must get the punishment," he said while visiting the construction site of a tunnel under the Karnaphuli River in Chittagong on Saturday.

A total of 24 people were killed in the grenade attack, carried out on August 21, 2004 at an Awami League rally. The verdict of the case will be delivered in September.

Quader, who is also road, transport and bridges minister, said 24% construction works on the tunnel have been completed, reports UNB.

Deputy Project Director (Admin) Dr Anupam Shaha showed the minister the tunnel boring machine.

The four-lane tunnel under the river is being constructed aiming to build 'One City Two Towns' modeled on Sanghai of China and Hong Kong, to strengthen the role of Chittagong as the centre of communications, develop the communications system of Dhaka-Chittagong-Cox's Bazar national highway and create a link with the Asia Highway Network.

The main tunnel will be 3.4km long with two tubes. A 5.35-km approach road on the west and east sides of the tunnel and 727-metre over bridge will connect Anwara upazila with the port city, said the project director.

The digging work will start in October after putting the TBM in operation, he said.