Grisly Aug 21 today
Published : Wednesday, 21 August, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 816
The nation will recall with condemnation the horror of the 21st August grenade attack on an Awami League (AL) anti-terrorism rally in the capital on August 21 in 2004 today (Wednesday).
The gruesome grenade attack was carried out during the BNP-Jamaat regime aiming to bankrupt the Awami League leadership.
The then opposition leader and incumbent Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and other front ranking leaders of AL narrowly escaped the carnage.
But, 24 people including the then Women Affairs secretary of Awami League and wife of late Bangladesh president Zillur Rahman were killed and over 500 others injured in the attack and many of them became crippled for life.
Those others killed in the barbaric grenade attack included the then opposition leader's personal security guard Lance Corporal (retd) Mahbubur Rashid, Abul Kalam Azad, Rezina Begum, Nasir Uddin Sardar, Atique Sarkar, Abdul Kuddus Patwari, Aminul Islam Moazzem, Belal Hossain, Mamun Mridha, Ratan Shikdar, Liton Munshi, Hasina Mamtaz Reena, Sufia Begum, Rafiqul Islam (Ada Chacha), Mostaque Ahmed Sentu, Md Hanif, Abul Kashem, Zahed Ali, Momen Ali, M Shamsuddin and Ishaque Miah.
Prominent among those suffered serious splinter injuries included Sheikh Hasina, Amir Hossain Amu, Abdur Razzak, Suranjit Sengupta, Obaidul Quader, Advocate Sahara Khatun, Mohammad Hanif, Prof Abu Sayeed, and AFM Bahauddin Nasim.
Marking the anniversary, the ruling AL, its front and associated bodies and its left-leaning allies, and other political parties, social-cultural and professional organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes across the country.
AL and its associated bodies will place wreaths at a makeshift altar in front of the party's central office at Bangabandhu Avenue at 9am today.
A discussion will be held at Krishibid Institution of Bangladesh (KIB) at Khamarbari in city's Farmgate area at 4pm.
Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will chair the discussion. Intellectuals and national leaders will address it.
Two separate cases, one for murder and the under Explosives Substances Act were filed on August 22, 2004 and the police on June 9, 2008 submitted the charge sheet. The court on September 29, 2008, framed charges in the case.
Police on July 2, 2011, submitted a supplementary charge sheet before the court and the court on March 18, 2012, framed charges afresh after taking the new charge sheet into cognizance.
Fifty two people accused in the case were held while prosecution suggested an influential quarter of the then BNP regime including party's senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman masterminded its shocking plot engaging militant outfit HuJI and subsequently made desperate efforts to protect the assailants.
Three of the accused top HuJI leader Mufty Abdul Hannan, Sharif Shahedul Bipul and then Jamaat-e-Islami secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujaheed however, were by now executed after trial in other cases.