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‘August 21 grenade attack case proceeding in final stages’

  • Published at 07:52 pm February 7th, 2018
  • Last updated at 01:05 am February 8th, 2018
‘August 21 grenade attack case proceeding in final stages’
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday told parliament that the trial proceeding of the August 21 grenade attack case was now in the final stages with 225 witnesses finishing their depositions. “The proceeding of the August 21 grenade attack case is now in the final stages of the verdict – meaning the argument stage,” she said in reply to a starred question from Awami League lawmaker Nasima Ferdushe (Reserved Seat 13). The placing of arguments by the prosecution has already been completed, and the defence arguments for 18 out of 52 accused were completed as of January 24, the prime minister said. The date for delivering the verdict will be fixed on completion of the arguments for the remaining accused, she said. Noting that the grenade attack on August 21, 2004 is an unprecedented grisly, cruel attack, she described it as the outcome of a conspiracy hatched by the then ruling party to annihilate the then opposition party with state patronage. In reply to another starred question from ruling party MP Golam Dastagir Gazi, Bir Protik, (Narayanganj 1), the premier said nearly 5.2 million Bangladeshi workers went abroad in the last nine years of the Awami League government. “A total of 5,198,914 workers went abroad in the last nine years (2009-2017) following our sincere efforts,” she said, adding that Bangladesh sent 1,008,525 workers to different countries in 2017. Responding to a starred question from Jatiya Party MP Md Nurul Islam Omar (Bogra 6), Hasina said gas production has now increased to 2,750 million cubic feet (mcf) from only 1,744 mcf in 2009 due to multifaceted steps taken during the tenures of the Awami League government. She said the demand for gas is growing fast due to the economic growth and improvement in people’s lifestyle.