The prosecution has demanded highest punishment for the 49 accused, including BNP’s Senior Vice President Tarique Rahman, in the cases filed over August 21 grenade attack on Awami League rally that killed 24 people in 2004.
Chief prosecutor of the case Syed Rezaur Rahman sought punishment for the accused persons while placing the final argument of August 21 grenade attack case before Speedy Tribunal-1 in Dhaka.
Judge Shahed Nuruddin of the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 of Dhaka heard the final arguments from the state’s side on Monday. It will hear the arguments of the defence from tomorrow, which will be led by state-appointed lawyer Chitanya Chandra Halder.
Of the 49, eight accused, including three former IGPs, are now on bail while 18 including Tarique are absconding.Twenty-three, including Lutfozzaman Babar and Abdus Salam Pintu, are now behind bars.
On August 21 in 2004, the grisly grenade attack was carried out on an anti-terrorism rally arranged by Awami League at Bangabandhu Avenue during the BNP-Jamaat alliance's rule, reportedly to assassinate then leader of the opposition Sheikh Hasina.
At least 24 leaders and activists, including AL's women affairs secretary and late President Zillur Rahman's wife Ivy Rahman, were killed and 300 others injured in the grenade attack.
Although Sheikh Hasina fortunately escaped with her life from the attack, her hearing was affected badly.
Two cases -- one under the Explosive Substances Act and another for murder -- were filed in connection with the grenade attack.
On June 11, 2008, Criminal Investigation Department (CID) submitted a charge-sheet against 22 people in the case.
The court on August 21, 2010 ordered further investigation into the grenade attack following a petition filed by the state.