Awami League (AL) General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday said the incident of August 21 grenade attack is a continuation of August 15 carnage.
“After the 15th of August, people of the country had witnessed another bloodbath on August 21,” he said while addressing a discussion at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital.
AL cultural affairs sub-committee Chairman Ataur Rahman presided over the event while Social Welfare Minister Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru, State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid Babu, sub-committee’s member-secretary and AL’s cultural affairs secretary Ashim Kumar Ukil and member of the sub-committee Nurul Alam Pathan Melon were present, among others.
Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said that the August 21 grenade attacks were the most barbaric incident in the history.
“No killing was carried out targeting innocent pregnant women and children, but killers murdered children and pregnant women on August 15,” he said.
Earlier, after paying tributes to Ivy Rahman, AL’s former Women Affairs Secretary and wife of former president Zillur Rahman, who was killed in the August 21 grenade attacks, Quader said incumbent Prime Minister and the then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina was the prime target of the gruesome attacks on August 21 in 2004.
Quader said on that day, the AL leaders and workers and people had fallen victim to state-sponsored terrorism while holding an anti-terrorism rally. Recalling those killed in the grenade attacks, including Ivy Rahman, the minister said a generous leader like Ivy Rahman is very rare in Bangladesh as she has no self-centeredness.
Quader hoped that the appeal hearing will begin within the earliest possible time for quick disposal of the cases.