The prosecution in its closing arguments in the August 21st grenade attack case said the killings on Bangabandhu Avenue on that day in 2004, and the killings of August 15, 1975, are tied to the same thread.
“Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members were brutally killed on August 15, 1975, and the killings that took place on August 21, 2004, when 24 AL leaders and workers were killed, are tied to the same thread. On both occasions, monstrous crimes were committed to making Bangladesh Awami League and the nation leaderless,” Syed Rezaur Rahman, chief prosecutor in the case told the court today.
“The defeated force in the War of Liberation has carried out the killings on both the occasion. BNP-Jamaat alliance government had backing in the 21st August grenade attack. We have proof of clear involvement of a couple of militant groups and some influential people of then alliance government like Tarique Rahman, Lutfuzzaman Babar and Abdus Salam Pintu,” he added.
Syed Rezaur Rahman continued with his arguments the whole day and is scheduled to carry on tomorrow as well.
The trial is now going on at Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1.A total of 225 prosecution witnesses testified in the case, while 20 witnesses were produced by the defense.
The attack was carried out on an anti-terrorism rally of Awami League, aimed at killing the front-ranking leaders including its President Sheikh Hasina to eliminate the party leadership.
A total of 24 AL leaders and workers including the then Mohila Awami League President and wife of late President Zillur Rahman, Ivy Rahman, were killed and 500 others were injured. Sheikh Hasina and the front-ranking leaders escaped the carnage narrowly.