GRENADE ATTACK CASE
Tarique named on ill purpose: FakhrulStaff Correspondent
The acting BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday alleged that the government had implicated the BNP’s senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman in the August 21 grenade attack case to serve ‘an ill political purpose.’
He termed the prime minister’s statement involving the BNP in the August 21 grenade attack politically motivated to humiliate the BNP and Tarique.
Fakhrul made the remarks at a news briefing at the party’s central office in Dhaka when he was asked about the prime minister’s allegation against the BNP and Jamaat involving the grenade attack.
He said that Tarique had been named in the charge sheet during the army-backed caretaker government.
Tarique’s name was included in the supplementary charge sheet after the investigation at the order of the CID’s special superintendent Abdul Qahhar Akand as the investigation officer.
He said that Tarique’s name was forcibly extracted from Mufti Hannan, one of the main accused in the
grenade attack case, remanding him in custody for 120 days.
The grenade attack was carried out on a rally of the Awami League on Bangabandhu Avenue on August 21, 2004 in the presence of the Awami League president, Sheikh Hasina, the then leader of the opposition in the parliament.
The attack left 24 people, including the then Mohila Awami League president Ivy Rahman, wife of the late president Zillur Rahman, dead and many other wounded.
Fakhrul said tha the BNP had always condemned and protested at the grenade attack and wanted a fair investigation of the incident.
He mentioned various steps taken during the past BNP-led alliance government regarding the investigation of the grenade attack.
Criticising the prime minister’s statement, he said that the BNP had always been against terrorism and militancy.
He claimed that the first agreements with the United States and Europe against militancy had been signed during Khaleda Zia’s tenure.
He said that the Awami League had not extended cooperation to an investigation team of Scotland Yard that came to Dhaka to investigate the incident. The Awami League even did not provide the car of Sheikh Hasina that was damaged in the attack for investigation as an evidence.
He said that the Awami League had passed the blame onto others to hide its failure.
He said that a portion of the Awami League, led by Khondkar Mostaque, was involved in the killing on August 15, 1975.
Earlier, Fakhrul presided over a joint meeting of the BNP and its front and associate organisations at the party’s central office.
The meeting asked leaders and activists of all units of the BNP and its front and associate organisations to make success public meetings of Khaleda Zia in eight district towns and divisional cities.
Fakhrul announced programmes for the 35th founding anniversary of the BNP on September 1, the observance of the release of Tarique Rahman from jail on September 3 and the observance of the release of Khaleda Zia from prison on September 11.
He said that Khaleda’s public meeting in Narsingdi would be held on September 8 instead of September 7 which was earlier announced.
The BNP would hold a discussion at the Institution of Engineers on August 31 to mark the founding anniversary of the party. The national and the party flag would be hosted at party offices.
Khaleda along with the party leaders would place wreaths and offer prayers at the graveside of the late Ziaur Rahman, founder of the BNP, at 10:00am on September 1.
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal would bring out a procession from Suhrawardy Udyan on September 2 to mark the release of Tarique from jail. The BNP would organise a discussion at the Institution of Engineers on September 3.
The Dhaka city of the BNP would bring out a procession on September 10 on the occasion of the release of Khaleda and Tarique from jail. The BNP would hold a discussion at the Institution of Engineers on September 11 to mark the release of Khaleda from jail.
BNP joint secretaries general Amanullah Aman, Mizanur Rahman Minu, Mohammad Shahjahan, Salahuddin Ahmed, organising secretaries Fazlul Huq Milon, Mojibur Rahman Sarwar, publicity secretary Zainul Abdin Farroque and international affairs secretary Najimuddin Alam, among other, attended the news briefing.
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