Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said that his party would file an appeal seeking the maximum death penalty for Tarique Rahman, the mastermind of 21st August grenade attack.
“We have an opportunity to go to the higher court and we will fight for the maximum punishment of Tarique Rahman,” he told reporters after placing wreaths at a makeshift memorial erected on the Bangabandhu Avenue in the city.Paying homage to the martyrs, Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, said the then Harkat-ul-Jihad leader Mufti Hannan in his statement mentioned Tarique’s name as the mastermind of the heinous attack.
“All the masterminds of the grenade attack will be brought to trial,” he said.
Assailants carried out the gruesome attack on August 21 in 2004 on an anti-violence rally of the then opposition Awami League in Bangabandhu Avenue, leaving at least 24 killed and over 500 critically injured.
Awami League president and incumbent Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina narrowly escaped the attack but she suffered serious injuries to her right ear.
Quader said the gruesome grenade attack was carried out during the rule of BNP-Jamaat alliance government aiming at eliminating the party top leader and the then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina.
“Due to the blessings of the Almighty, our leader and Bangabandhu’s daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina escaped the carnage,” he said.He said, “The promise of the day is that we will face the acts of violence and fundamentalism in the country’s politics under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.”
Quader said BNP destroyed the democratic practices between a government and opposition parties by carrying out the heinous attack.
Senior leaders, including Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Matia Chowdhury, Abdur Razzaque, Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif, Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Abdur Rahman, AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, Enamul Haque Shamim, Hasan Mahmud, Ashim Kumar Ukil and Abdus Sobhan Golap, among others, were also present.