Anniversary of Aug 21 grenade attack marked across country

DHAKA, The 15th anniversary of the grenade attack on Awami League rally on August 21, 2004 was observed across the country today in a befitting manner.

Awami League and its associate bodies have taken various programmes at different parts across the country to observe the day.

To mark the day, a procession was brought out in Manikganj town. The procession paraded different streets in the town which started from district Awami League office where a discussion was also held.

Advocate Golam Mohiuddin presided over the discussion while Advocate Abdul Majid Photo, AFM Sultanul Azam Khan Apel, Abdur Razzaque Raja and Rafiqul Islam Rana, among others, spoke on the occasion.

In Jhenaidah, a discussion and doa mahfil was held at Johan Dream Valley Park auditorium in the town marking the day.

Harinakunda Islamic Foundation organised the meeting addressed, among others, by Harinakuda Upazila Parishad Chairman Jahangir Hossain, Officer-in-Charge of Sadar Thana Mizanur Rahman Khan, Abdul Latif Sheikh, Samsul Alom, advocate Khoda Boxe and Mahbub Morshed Shahin.

The anniversary of August 21 grenade attack was observed in Sylhet by the district AL and metropolitan city units of Awami League.

To mark the day they organised a discussion at Zila Parishad auditorium this morning. Awami League leader Ashfaq Ahmed chaired the meeting spoken, among others, by general secretary of city unit AL Asad Uddin Ahmed, general secretary of district unit AL Shofiqur Rahman Chowdhury, former Members of Parliament Jebunnesa Haque, Mashuk Uddin Ahmed, Shah Farid Ahmed and Bijit Chowdhury.

The speakers at the meeting said the perpetrators carried out the attack on August 21 in 2004 to destroy Awami League.

The anniversary of August 21 grenade attack was observed in Tangail today by placing wreaths at a makeshift altar set up in front of Awami League office in the town.

Md Sanowar Hossain, MP, Tanvir Hasan Choto Monir, MP, Zila Parishad chairman Fozlur Rahman Khan, AL leaders Alomgir Khan and Khondoker Ashrafuzzaman Sriti were present, among others.

In Mymensingh, Awami League, Mohila League, Jubo League, Chhatra League and Secha Sebok League marked the day placing wreaths on the portraits of August 21 grenade attack victims in front of AL office at Kalibari in the town.

In Molvibazar district Jubo League organised a discussion for marking the day at Pouro Janomilon Kendro in the town.

Jubo League president Nahid Ahmed chaired the function addressed by Nesar Ahmed, MP, Syeda Johura Alauddin, MP, and municipality mayor Md Fozlur Rahman.

The 15th anniversary of crucial August 21 grenade attack was also observed in Khulna, Narail, Gaibandha, Chandpur and Bogura.

The gruesome grenade attack was carried out at an anti-terrorism rally of Awami League (AL) at Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital on August 21 in 2004 aiming to bankrupt the party leadership during the BNP-Jamaat alliance government.

The then opposition leader and incumbent Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and other front ranking leaders of AL narrowly escaped the carnage.

However, 24 people including the then Mahila AL president and wife of late Bangladesh president Zillur Rahman were killed and over 500 others injured in the attack and many of them became crippled for life.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)