AL demands punitive actions against Rizvi


DHAKA, Oct 15, 2018, (BSS) – Awami League today demanded stern punitive
judicial actions against BNP leader Ruhul Kabir Rizvi for his “audacious and
deregulatory” comments on the verdict of August 21, 2004 grenade attack
calling his remarks as a mockery to the assault victims.

“We expect the court to expose him (Rizvi) to punitive actions on its
own as his remarks tantamount contempt of court,” AL’s publicity secretary Dr
Hasan Mahmud said in a press conference at the party president’s political
office in Dhanmondi.

He termed Rizvi’s remarks as ‘extreme falsehood” and “mockery to the
August 21 grenade attack victims” while the verdict proved that the then BNP
government was directly involved in the attack.

The verdict has proved that the then BNP government was directly involved
with the grenade attack, he added.

Several central working members and office bearers of the party were
present at the press conference which came a day after Rizvi, BNP’s senior
joint secretary told a media briefing that Awami League itself had staged the
attack on its own rally.

Rizvi, at that briefing, also claimed that BNP leaders, including its
fugitive acting chairman Tarique Rahman who was sentenced to life-term
imprisonment, are innocent.

Mahmud said the attack was carried out in broad daylight but the then
BNP government did not take any actions against the members of law
enforcement agencies who were performing duties at the scene during the
period of the attack.

Mentioning his injury in the attack, he said after the attack, the
wounded people and AL leaders and workers were denied to provide treatment at
Dhaka Medical College Hospital and other hospitals in the city.

Awami League Science and Technology Affairs Secretary Engineer Md Abdus
Sobur, Youth and Sports Secretary Harunur Rashid, Health and Population
Affairs Secretary Dr Rokeya Sultana, Education and Human Resource Affairs
Secretary Shamsunnahar Chapa, Agriculture and Cooperative Secretary
Faridunnahar Laily, Deputy Publicity Secretary Aminul Islam, Deputy Office
Secretary Barrister Biplob Barua and Central Working Committee member Anwar
Hossain were present at the press briefing.