August 21 Grenade Attack
State to appeal for Tarique’s capital punishment: Quader
Published : Thursday, 22 August, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 588
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said the State will move the High Court seeking capital punishment for the mastermind of 21st August grenade attack Tarique Rahman, now the BNP acting chairman.
"We've the opportunity to go to the High Court and we will fight for the highest punishment of Tarique Rahman," he told journalists after placing wreaths at the memorial erected on the spot of occurrence at Bangabandhu Avenue in the city paying deep homage to the martyrs.
Quader, also the Road Transport and Bridges Minister, said the then Harkat-ul-Jihad leader Mufti Hannan in his statement told that they carried out the heinous attack after getting orders from Tarique Rahman.
"All the masterminds of the killing would be brought to trial," he added.
The AL leader said the gruesome grenade attack, on August 21 in 2004, was launched on an anti-terrorism public rally of AL at Bangabandhu Avenue during the rule of BNP-Jamaat alliance aiming to eliminate the party top leadership and the then opposition leader in Jatiya Sangsad (Parliament) and now Prime Minister of the country, Sheikh Hasina.
"It was blessing of the Almighty that our leader and Bangabandhu's daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina escaped the carnage," Quader said, adding the trial of the masterminds of the heinous attack will be held in this soil and the people of the country are waiting to see it."
He said, "The promise of the day is that we will face terrorism and fundamentalism in the country's politics under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina."
Quader said BNP had ended the working relationship between the government and the opposition parties in a democratic country by carrying out the heinous attack.
"Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina invited BNP chief Khaleda Zia to Ganobhaban, though BNP carried out the attack. The countrymen know her (Khaleda Zia) behaviour," he added.