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State-sponsored grenade attack mounted to kill AL president Sheikh Hasina: Hanif

DHAKA, Aug 23, 2016 (BSS)- Awami League joint general secretary Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif today said that the August 21 grenade attack at the Awami League's anti-terrorism public rally of 2004 was mounted at the behest of the then BNP-led government to kill party president and incumbent Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

"Grenades were supplied by the then government.... not taking any case, all out efforts were taken to blame Awami League for the attack....many derogatory remarks were made against opposition leader Sheikh Hasina without bringing condemnation motion in the House by the then Prime Minister ," he said.

Hanif added that such a heinous & barbaric state-sponsored grenade attack was unprecedented anywhere in the world.

The Awami League joint general secretary said this while speaking as the chief guest at a discussion at BTCL Bhaban at Paribag in the city. Bangladesh T&T Sramik Karmachari Federal Union (CBA) organised the discussion marking the National Mourning Day commemorating the 41st anniversary of martyrdom of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

President of the Union Md Shahnewaz presided over the discussion, also addressed, among others, by Awami League (AL) labour affairs secretary Habibur Rahman Siraj, AL Central Working Committee member Sujit Roy Nandi, former president of Jatiya Sramik League (JSL) Abdus Salam Khan, executive president of JSL Fazlul Haq Montu and acting general secretary Advocate Humayun Kabir.

Hanif said that the trial in the Bangabandhu Killing Case could not be covered-up by any vested quarter, likewise, the trial in the August 21 grenade attack case, which has now been proceeding in the court, could not be concealed in any way.

Bringing allegation against the BNP-Jamaat combine for its bid to transform Bangladesh into a failed state, the Awami League leader said that party leaders and workers along with the people should get united on the spirit of the War of Liberation under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to uproot the aforesaid evil force from the sacred soil of Bangladesh. "Then due honour and respect could be conveyed to Bangabandhu on the occasion," Hanif added.

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