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Aug 15 Carnage

Masterminds still at large: Quader

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  • 11 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Masterminds still at large: Quader

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Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday said the killers of August 15 carnage were brought to justice but plotters and masterminds still remain at large.

“Killers who carried out the August 15 carnage have been brought to justice and the verdict of death sentence has been executed. But plotters and masterminds of the killing of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman still remain at large,” he said.

Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said this while addressing a webinar titled “Mournful August - Black Chapter of History” arranged by AL mouthpiece Uttaran. Mentioning that perpetrators of August 15 carnage still remain active, Quader said the government is continuing its diplomatic efforts to bring back the fugitive killers of Bangabandhu as some of the killers are still at large.

Quader said behind-the-scenes perpetrators of the August 15 carnage will be found out through investigations to unmask those conspirators before the new generation.

He underscored the need for building national unity to eliminate the politics of conspiracy and killings forever from Bangladesh.

The minister said August 15 carnage was not only an attack on Bangabandhu family rather it was the most brutal assault on the spirit of the country’s independence which was earned through the bloodstained 1971 War of Liberation. 

“August 15 carnage was carried out against the War of Liberation of Bangladesh,” he said.

Quader said four national leaders were killed inside safe custody of Dhaka central jail on November 3 in 1975 and grenade attacks were launched on AL rally on August 21 in 2004 to make the country leaderless.

“These attacks were continuation of a common conspiracy of August 15, 1975 carnage,” he said.

“Attacks are being carried out on democracy, values and ideologies one after another. So politics of conspiracy should be eliminated forever,” he added. 

The minister said those who carried out August 15 carnage and who were its beneficiaries were tried in the court of nature.

In his address, Bangla Academy Chairman and National Prof Rafiqul Islam urged intellectuals to write every details of our stigmatised chapter of our history so that future generation can learn about it.

“But it is our failure that we cannot publish a book what was happened before and after the killing of our national heroes,” the Bangla Academy Chairman said.

“We express our emotions when August 15 comes but it would be better if we have a publication on the background of killing and its aftermath,” the national professor said.

Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh, retired justice of Supreme Court Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik, litterateur and Editor of the Kaler Kantho Imdadul Haq Milan and office secretary Biplab Barua, among others, addressed the webinar with Uttaran Editor Nuh-ul-Alam Lenin in the chair. AL Organising Secretary Afzal Husain conducted the webinar.