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PM Hasina: BNP-Jamaat govt patronized August 21 grenade attack

  • Published at 02:29 pm August 21st, 2021
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
File photo of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Focus Bangla

Two Bangabandhu killers were among those who carried out the attack, says Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said it was not possible to carry out an attack like that of August 21, 2004, had there been no direct patronage from the then BNP-Jamaat government. 

"They [BNP-Jamaat government] thought that I had been killed [in the grenade attack], but when they came to know that I didn't die they allowed four criminals to flee the country," she said. 

She said the then BNP-Jamaat government assembled the terrorists and militants for carrying out such an attack and gave them a safe passage to flee abroad. 

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The premier made the allegations while addressing a discussion marking the August 21, 2004 grenade attack. 

Awami League organized the event at its Bangabandhu Avenue central office. The prime minister attended the event virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban. 

"No one dared to dream that there would be a grenade attack [on the rally] attempting to kill in broad daylight," she said. 

Recalling the barbaric carnage, Hasina alleged that then Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and her government staged the grenade attack as killings are "their habit."

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She said that Bangabandhu killers - Major Syed Farooq Rahman and Major Khandaker Abdur Rashid - were among those criminals while the other two were militant Tajul and one jailer.

After the attack, she said, police lobbed tear gas shells and charged batons on the Awami League leaders and followers instead of rescuing the victims. 

Hasina said even BNP-Jamaat-backed doctors did not attend to the injured Awami League leaders and activists at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) and no patient was allowed to enter Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Medical University.