Dhaka, Aug 21: Bangladesh is observing the 15th anniversary of the August 21 "Grenade attack" on an Awami League rally in the city, with a heavy heart on Wednesday.
Awami League, its associate bodies and party alliances were marking the day as the 'Grenade Attack Day' with various programmes.
According to the sources, marking the anniversary of the attack, the party would place wreaths at a makeshift altar in front of its central office at Bangabandhu Avenue.
A discussion would be held at the city’s Krishibid Institution of Bangladesh in the afternoon chaired by Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the sources added. On this day in 2004, a grenade attack was carried out on an anti-terrorism rally arranged by Awami League at Bangabandhu Avenue. Sheikh Hasina, the then leader of the opposition, was apparently the target.
At least 24 people, including Awami League women affairs secretary and late President Zillur Rahman’s wife Ivy Rahman, were killed. Three hundred others were also injured. Sheikh Hasina escaped the attack unhurt but her hearing was affected badly. Fourteen years later, a Dhaka court on October 10 last year sentenced 19 people, including the then BNP government’s state minister for home affairs Lutfozzaman Babar, to death.
Tarique Rahman, the eldest son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and the party's current acting chairman, and 18 others were also sentenced to life in prison. (UNI)