Chhayanaut, one of the noted schools of cultural practices in the country, has expressed satisfaction with the Ramna Batamul blast verdict that awarded death penalty to eight people.
While expressing her sudden reaction over the verdict, Sanjida Khatun, the chairperson of the organization, said: “We can term the verdict as a consolation, a positive sign. We are satisfied with the verdict that came long after the incident.”
She told the Dhaka Tribune: “We do not have any particular observation over the issue as we believe that the court has delivered it following legal procedures. We do not have anything to say.”
“When the blast took place in 2001, we were shocked and it was hard to believe that such an attack could be launched on a cultural program.”
“However, we were not afraid as our children gave us the courage to overcome the trauma,” she added.
She expressed her sorrow and shock to the deaths of 10 people, who were killed in the blast.
She said: “Despite the violent attack, our children said they will sing and recite poetry every year in Ramna Batamul to mark Pahela Baishakh.”
Chhayanaut celebrates the Pahela Baishakh by singing songs and reciting poetry at Ramna Batamul every year.
During a traditional celebration of the Bangla New Year, 1408 (April 14, 2001) at the Ramna Batamul, several blasts killed 10 people and injured around 50 others.