Today marks the 16th anniversary of the infernal grenade attack that caused huge death-destruction-bloodshed in B’desh.
On this day in 2004, a hellish grenade attack was carried out on an Awami League rally at Bangabondhu Avenue in the capital.
However, despite surviving the grenade attack,B’desh PM Sheikh Hasina suffered severe hearing loss.
Another 400 people were injured. Many of them have become permanently paralyzed; some of them could never get back to normal life.
Ex Mayor of Dhaka city corporation, M A Hanif, who was critically injured in the Granade attack, was scheduled to undergo surgery for bleeding in his brain due to the presence of a grenade splinter in his body.
He later died in a hospital of Bangkok.
Among those killed in the barbaric attack were- Ivy Rahman ( wife of Former President of B’desh Zillur Rahman), Sheikh Hasina’s personal bodyguard Lance Corporal (retd) Mahbubur Rashid, Abul Kalam Azad, Regina Begum, Nasir Uddin Sardar, Atiq Sarkar, Abdul Quddus Patwari, Aminul Islam Moazzem, Belal Hossain, Mamun Mridha, Ratan Sikder, Liton Munshi, Hasina Mumtaz Rina, Sufia Begum, Rafiqul Islam (Ada Chacha), Mushtaq Ahmed Sentu, Mohammad Hanif, Abul Kashem, Jahed Ali, Momen Ali, M Shamsuddin and Ishaq Mia.
Those critically injured were Sheikh Hasina, Amir Hossain Amu, late Abdur Razzak, late Suranjit Sengupta, Obaidul Quader, Mohammad Hanif, late Advocate Sahara Khatun, AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Nazrul Islam Babu, Awlad Hossain, Mahbuba Parveen, Advocate Umme Razia Kajal, Nasima Ferdous, Shahida Tareq Dipti, Rasheda Akhter Ruma, Hamida Khanam Moni, Engineer Selim, Ruma Islam, Kazi Moazzem Hossain, Mamun Mallick and many others.
The then Jamat- BNP alliance government played a silent role in the August 21, 2004 killings.
Attempts were also made to destroy evidence by destroying five grenades recovered from the scene.
Later, when a fresh investigation was launched, influential BNP Home Minister Lutfurzzaman Babar claimed that Tareq Rahman was involved in the incident, adding that Tareq Rahman, Khaleda Zia’s eldest son, had strictly forbidden any action to be taken following the attack.
At that time, Babar had announced a reward of one crore takas for the person or group involved in the attack. An investigation was conducted under the supervision of Babar after the attack. 20 people, including a vagabond named Judge Mia, a student, and an Awami League activist, were arrested.fHowever, the further investigation did not prove the allegations against any of them.
Syed Rezaur Rahman, the state’s chief prosecutor in the court, said in the case that the then BNP-Jamaat alliance government had carried out the worst incident in history with the help of militant groups as part of a deep conspiracy in national and international communication.
He said the aim of the horrific grenade attack by uniting the defeated forces of the liberation war, was to make the Awami League leaderless and kill Bangabandhu’s daughter Sheikh Hasina.
Later on 10th October 2018, Former state minister for home Lutfuzzaman Babar, deputy minister Abdus Salam Pintu among 19 others were sentenced to death in the August 21 grenade attack case and BNP acting chairperson Tarique Rahman (Son of Ziaur Rahmsn & Begum Zia), party leader Harish Chowdhury, former MP Shah Mofazzal Hossain Kaikobad among 19 others were sentenced to life imprisonment.
After completing the work of preparing the paper book of the case, it has reached the concerned branch of the High Court on August 16 last.
It is learned that the case will be heard in the concerned bench of the High Court fixed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said to IANS the appeal and death reference hearing on the verdict of the court in the horrific grenade attack case at the Awami League rally would be completed on a priority basis in the high court.
He said a hearing would be sought on a priority basis, citing the importance of the case. So that it can be sent to a bench for a hearing. The state will have the efforts to uphold the sentence in the High Court that was passed by the trial court.
It is worth to mention that the 37,385-page documents of the verdicts of the two cases in the widely-discussed August 21 grenade attack, were sent to the concerned branch of the High Court from Dhaka’s Speedy Trial Tribunal No. 1 on November 27, 2018.
The 369 pages verdict in the murder case and the verdict in the explosives case is 356 pages. Other docs include statements and cross-examination of witnesses of the prosecution and the accused, statements of witnesses to the investigating officer, arguments, statements of defense, confessions of the accused in court, appearances of the accused and the prosecution in the tribunal and petitions.