Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said investigation had proved that Khaleda Zia, her son Tarique Rahman and a section of BNP high-ups were behind the August 21 grenade attack.
“The investigation into the grisly attack is almost done and the trial is under process. Now the names of the opposition leader, her son and names of other BNP leaders are surfacing,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina, also the ruling Awami League president, was addressing a programme at the party’s central office at Bangabandhu Avenue after placing wreaths at the memorial of those who died in the gruesome grenade attack.
On August 21 in 2004 a grenade attack was carried out on an anti-terrorism rally of Awami League at Bangabandhu Avenue that left 24 people dead and over 500 others injured.
Yesterday was the 9th anniversary of that grisly attack.
The premier, at her address, posed a question: “Those of whom, in spite of being in power, can launch such attack on the opposition in broad daylight, what kind of welfare can they (BNP-Jamaat coalition) do for people if they come back to power?”
“If those people come to power again they will give rise to militancy and terrorism.” She noted.
Terming the BNP-Jamaat as “the symbol of killing, terrorism and militancy,” the AL president urged the countrymen to remain alert about the militant and terrorist activities of the BNP-Jamaat and Hefazat.
She also urged the people to stay alert, and cautioned that if they assumed power they would destroy the country.
Recalling the memories of the grenade attacks, Sheikh Hasina said no civilized society allows such kind of attack where the attackers used the deadly grenades, usually used in war, to kill the AL leaders.
“A total of 13 grenades were thrown one after another. But the law enforcers played the role of silent spectators at the time. They helped the killers to flee without any obstruction," she said.
She alleged that the then government destroyed the evidences of the attacks.
The PM said the BNP leaders threatened her several times publicly that they would kill her the same way they had killed the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Later Hasina distributed cheques among the injured and relatives of those who died in the grenade attack as financial assistance for treatment and education expenses for their children.
After the PM’s address, leaders and workers of the ruling AL and its associated bodies, leaders of 14-party alliance and other political parties and many socio-cultural organisations placed floral wreaths at the temporary memorial built in memory of those killed on the fateful day.