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Prosecution: BNP-Jamaat govt directly aided Aug 21 grenade attack

  • Published at 08:18 pm October 30th, 2017
Prosecution: BNP-Jamaat govt directly aided Aug 21 grenade attack
The prosecution has accused the BNP- Jamaat alliance government of providing all kind of logistic and legal support for carrying out the gruesome grenade attack on an Awami League rally on August 21, 2004. The prosecutor of the case Syed Rezaur Rahman made the claim during the hearing of the case on Monday while placing closing arguments for the fourth day. He said: "The government and the administration directly aided, conspired, planned and provided the overall support for the execution of the crime, resulting in a huge number of casualties." The prosecutor argued on the connection of different accused with this barbaric crime. He pointed out that Huji chief Mufti Hannan and his associate Bipul were not shown arrested in the case even after they confessed their involvement in the attack being arrested in another case. "They tried to hide the real criminals and divert the case to a wrong way by implicating an innocent named Joj Miah," he added. Syed Rezaur Rahman named the people, who were in the administration at that time and accused of collecting grenades for the attack, aiding criminals to flee the scene, helping one of the chief orchestrators of the attack Mawlana Tazuddin to escape the country using a fake name, and placed arguments on their crimes. The prosecutor also accused the then deputy commissioner (DC) of police Sayeed Hasan of not taking required security measures in the rally area. “DC (east) Obaidur Rahman Khan too played the same role. He didn't bother to preserve the live grenades, which were used in the attack," the chief prosecutor added.
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Rezaur Rahman also placed arguments to prove the connection of former state minister for home affairs Lutfuzzaman Babar, deputy minister Abdus Salam Pintu, Major General (retd) ATM Amin, Lt Colonel (sacked) Saiful Islam Joarder, Lt Commander (retd) Saiful Islam Duke, former IGP Khoda Boksh Chowdhury, former investigation officers Special Superintendent Ruhul Amin, Senior ASP Munshi Atikur Rahman and ASP Abdur Rashid. A total of 225 prosecution witnesses testified in the case, while only 20 witnesses were produced by the defence.

The attack was carried out on an anti-terrorism rally of Awami League, aimed at killing the front leaders including its President Sheikh Hasina.

A total of 24 AL leaders and workers including the then Mohila Awami League President and wife of late President Zillur Rahman, Ivy Rahman, were killed and 500 others were injured.