BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has that no members of his party were involved in the August 21 grenade attack and said that the Awami League is the beneficiary of the attacks.
“I can say with responsibility that no BNP leaders like Tarique Rahman, Abdus Salam Pintu and Lutfozzaman Babar were involved in the grenade attack,” the BNP leader commented on Tuesday, a day before the long awaited verdict of the cases filed over the grenade attacks.
While speaking at a discussion in Dhaka, the BNP leader said that no one has dug out the real facts of the attack.
A total of 24 Awami League leaders and activists, including Mohila Awami League president Ivy Rahman, were killed in the attacks and more than 300 others were injured.
The attacks on the Bangabandhu Avenue in Dhaka on August 21, 2004 rocked the political arena of the country and many have demanded exemplary punishment of the perpetrators.
Awami League President and the then leader of the opposition Sheikh Hasina had narrowly escaped the assassination attempt.
After the incident Awami League has been claiming that the then ruling BNP-Jamaat leaders devised the attack in a bid to assassinate Sheikh Hasina to create a vacuum in the party’s leadership.
Tarique Rahman elder son of then Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, Home Minister Lutfozzaman Babar and then deputy minister Abdus Salam Pintu and other 46 people have been made accused in this connection.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has recently accused the then BNP government of perpetrating the barbaric grenade attack on the Awami League rally in 2004, saying that there is no doubt that Khaleda Zia and her son Tarique Rahman were directly involved in the carnage.
On the other hand, BNP has been claiming this as part of politics of vengeance of the ruling sect.
Claiming that there were no fair investigation into the incident, Fakhrul said the ruling Awami League has hatched a conspiracy to destroy BNP capitalizing the August 21 grenade attack incident.
“The truth behind the attack would come out if the real perpetrators behind the attack would have been identified,” Fakhrul said.