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Grenade Attack Case Verdict

BNP stages demos

Published : Friday, 12 October, 2018 at 12:00 AM  Count : 291

BNP leaders and activists staged demonstrations on Thursday across the country protesting the verdicts in the August 21 grenade attack cases terming those were delivered at the "behest of the government with a political motive."
As part of the party's central agitation programme, a procession was brought in the old town area of the capital under the leadership of BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi Ahmed. Leaders and activists of Dhaka South
city unit of the party took part in the procession.
BNP North city unit also brought out a procession at Tejgaon in the capital under the leadership of its general secretary Ahsanullah Hasna.
Besides, different thana units of the city brought out processions across the city.
Jatiyatabadi Teachers Association of Jahangirnagar University formed a human chain in front of Central Shaheed Minar of the university.
Meanwhile, BNP alleged police foiled a demonstration organised by Barguna district unit protesting the verdicts. It also alleged four BNP leaders including the unit general secretary Abdul Halim were injured in baton charge by the law enforcing agencies.  
Leaders of the Jatiyatabadi Juba Dal, youth wing of the BNP, of UK unit on Thursday staged demonstrations near the 10 Downing Street in London protesting the jailing of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and conviction of the party Acting Chairman Tarique Rahman in a "false and political motivated," case.
Juba Dal leaders M Saifur Rahman, Kazi Taz Uddin Ahmed, Maksim Chowdhury and Shamol Ahmed, among others, were present at the demonstration.
Besides, the leaders and activists of the party brought out processions at Chattagram, Sylhet, Rajshahi, Barishal, Khulna and others parts of the country.
Meanwhile, speaking at a press briefing at the party central office at Nayapaltan in the capital Rizvi alleged that 'state-sponsored' verdicts were given in the August 21 grenade attack cases, aiming to destroy BNP in a planned way.
"We have seen pleasure and various remarks of Awami League leaders over the verdicts.  We would like to say our acting chairman Tarique Rahman was convicted through a state-sponsored judgement," Rizvi said.
He further said, "The verdict was given to ruin BNP in a planned way, and to fulfill the desire of the government's special person."
The BNP leader also alleged that the verdict is also a ploy to hold a lopsided national election.
He accused that the government of 'viciously' using the state machinery to victimise Tarique, other BNP leaders and high officials.
On Wednesday, a speedy trial tribunal sentenced 19 people to death and 19 others, including Tarique Rahman to life imprisonment, in two cases filed over the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally in the capital in 2004.

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