Awami League will go to the higher court to ensure Tarique's punishment, Quader said
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has demanded maximum punishment for Tarique Rahman, the main offender of the August 21 grenade attack.
He made this statement on Wednesday, after placing wreaths at a makeshift memorial for the victims built in front of Awami League’s central office of Bangabandhu Avenue.
Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, said: "The mastermind of the August 21 grenade attack, Tarique, should receive highest punishment.
“If necessary, we will go to the higher court to ensure his punishment."
Recalling the horrific event, the minister said BNP has destroyed the mutual working relationship between the government and the opposition party through this grenade attack.
"Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the then opposition leader, was the main target of the attack. However, she narrowly escaped the attack by the grace of Almighty," he added.
Quader also said August 15 and August 21 are interrelated as both the events tried to wipe out the name of Awami League from the history of Bangladesh.
On August 21, 2004, a deadly grenade attack was carried out at an anti-terrorism rally of Awami League, on Bangabandhu Avenue in Dhaka.
The attack killed 24 people, including the then president of Bangladesh Mohila Awami League and late President Zillur Rahman's wife, Ivy Rahman, and injured over 500 others.