August 21 grenade attack

Masterminds to be punished, says Obaidul Quader

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Saturday said they believe that all the masterminds of August 21 grenade attack will get the highest punishment. “The verdict in connection with the August 21 grenade attack has already been pronounced. And now the case will be heard in the higher court. We will have to wait for the full verdict,” he said.

Quader, also the Road, Transport and Bridges Minister, came up with this statement after paying tribute to the former President of Awami League Mohila League Ivy Rahman’s commemorating her 15th anniversary of martyrdom. Ivy got serious injuries and her legs were blown up in the grenade attack on August 21 in 2004 in capital Dhaka. Later, she succumbed to her injuries on August 24.

“She (Ivy) had an uncompromising leadership for the democracy. She was also a shining star of Bangladesh politics,” Quader said. Recalling the horror of August 21, Obaidul Quader said she was laying in a pool of blood and was blood oozing from her wounds. “She was groaning. If she would get proper treatment in time, she could alive,” he said.

He said BNP acting Chairman Tarique Rahman now staying in London, will be brought back to the country and he will be ensured the highest punishment. “The government is trying its level best to bring Tarique back to the country,” Obaidul Quader said, adding the law ministry is working in this regard. “Braving political obstacles and many challenges we are doing every thin in order to bring back the masterminds to the country. They must get the highest punishment,” he said. “We will go to the higher court and will fight for the highest punishment of Tarique Rahman.