'BNP Involved in Attack', Hasina Alleges
Saturday, 21 August 2010

AUG 21 GRENADE ATTACK

There is no doubt that BNP was involved with the Aug 21 grenade attack, prime minister Sheikh Hasina has claimed on Saturday.

This comes after he comments on Friday alleging that a deputy minister of the then BNP-led government was involved in the attack.

Hasina made this blunt allegation after placing a wreath, dedicated to those who died in the tragic event on that day in 2004, at a temporary monument in front of the party headquarters on Bangabandhu Avenue on Saturday.

She placed two wreathes, one in her capacity as as prime minister and another as the Awami League president.

"Investigation of the grisly attack is underway. Those who have connections with the attack will be tried, no matter whether they are powerful," Hasina said.

She said, "Rather than helping those injured by the attack that day, the police fired tear-gas shells and baton-charged them."

She also said that the then BNP-led government did not investigate the incident, rather "they wanted to charge Awami League for the attack."

As many as 24 people, including incumbent president Zillur Rahman's wife Ivy Rahman, died in the attack - widely believed to be an attempt on the life of Hasina who suffered serious hearing impairment. About 500 people suffered injuries.

Awami League general secretary, also local government minister Syed Ashraful Islam, deputy leader of the parliament Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury and other leaders of the party were also present.

Awami League has announced two-day programmes to mark the sixth anniversary of the attack.

Source: bdnews24.com

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