BNP will establish reign of terror if they come to power: PMNew Age Online
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday accused opposition leaders of BNP of perpetrating the 21 August grenade attack and urged people to rethink how safe the country will be in their hands, if they come back to power.
‘The people would have to think about how they (BNP) could bring peace to the country since they can carry out grenade attack in broad day-light,’ she said.
Addressing a discussion at Bangabandhu Avenue after paying tributes to the August 21 martyrs Sheikh Hasina termed the past tenure of BNP-Jamaat as a period of terrorism and extremism and said if BNP comes to power again they would again establish a reign of terrorism in the country.
She said the BNP-Jamaat is the name of terrorism, extremism and killing and they preponderated over peace in the country by carrying out attack on the opposition and killing its leaders and activists after assuming power in 2001.
But it is the Awami League that does not believe in carrying out attack on the opposition and taking revenge, rather it believes in rooting out terrorism and extremism from the country and checking any terrorism activities, she further said.
Hasina, also Awami League president, said that the trial of August 21 grenade attack case was now underway after completion of investigation.
‘During the investigation involvement of opposition leader’s son and many ministers of the then BNP-Jamaat government has been found in carrying out the grenade attack on the peaceful anti-terrorism rally on Bangabandhu Avenue on August 21, 2004,’ she claimed.
She also claimed that ahead of the grenade attack, the BNP leaders in the parliament had threatened her to face consequences that her father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had faced.
Prime Minister further claimed that the on-duty law enforcers did not take measures to save the then opposition leaders and activists during the attack rather they held still while grenades were being charged one after another.
The law enforcers also did not let the Awami League activists to respond and save the injured leaders and activists rather they charged batons and hurled tear gas canisters on them. The attack left at least 23 dead and injured many others. Sheikh Hasina suffered hearing losses badly.
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