Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday expressed her hope that the verdict of the grenade attack on an Awami League rally in 2004 would be pronounced soon and the persons responsible for the heinous act would get punishment.
She said this while distributing cheques of donation among the family members of the victims of the grenade attack at her Ganabhaban residence in the capital.
Sheikh Hasina said it was clear that the then ruling BNP carried out the attack.
‘The attack was on a rally which we called for peace. None could think of such barbaric attack in broad daylight in which we lost our beloved female leader Ivy Rahman and many others apart from injuring hundreds,’ she said.
‘Awami Leagure leaders saved me by creating human shield around me and most of those leaders sustained severe splinter injuries to save my life,’ she added.
The prime minister said thirteen grenades made for using in the war, were thrown on the rally. Instead of extending help, she said, police resorted to baton charge and threw teargas shells when workers came to rescue the injured persons.
Pointing out the conspiracy of the then government to create mystery over the incident, Sheikh Hasina said they tried to divert the peoples’ attention to a different direction by staging a ‘drama’ and labeling an innocent person Gorge Mia as the main culprit.
‘When a ruling party wants to kill the opposition leader then how a country can proceed. It’s clear that their target was to annihilate all of us enemas the way they killed Father of the Nation and his family members in 1975,’ she said.
The prime minister distributed cheques of financial assistance among 69 family members of grenade attack victims. She also gave cheques to noted film actress Maya Ghosh and former Bangladesh Chhatra League leader Mosharraf Hossain.
Pointing out the initiatives taken by Awami League and her government, the prime minister said: ‘We have taken all possible measures for treatment of the injured persons at home and abroad. We are trying to help the victims of the attack as much as we can.’
Criticising BNP, she said they have no expertise in ruling the country, but they are expert in killing and looting public money.
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