Breaking News
June 13, 2022 - Proposed budget seems to be a challenging one: BCI
June 13, 2022 - Equip ‘testing labs’ with modern tech for int’l accreditation: DCCI
June 9, 2022 - Six-Point Demand led to liberation: Joy
May 26, 2022 - Chevron: Soft Skill Bangla App “uttoron” Launching Ceremony
May 26, 2022 - Take care of environment while taking up development projects: PM
May 26, 2022 - Tourism must grow enabling Bangladesh to achieve SDGs: FBCCI
May 26, 2022 - A five-member delegation led by Bangladesh Chamber of Industries (BCI) President Anwar-ul-Azim holding a meeting with Dr Angelika Fleddermann, Country Director of GIZ at the latter’s office in the city on Tuesday.
May 26, 2022 - Modhumoti Bank Limited, rec has been awarded with Letter of Appreciation by Bangladesh Bank (BB) for 100% disbursement of special stimulus refinance scheme for Covid-19 affected agricultural sector. BB Governor Fazle Kabir handed over the letter to Md. Md. Shafiul Azam, Managing Director & CEO of Modhumoti Bank Limited, at BB headquarters recently. Top executives from both sides were present.
May 26, 2022 - Energy-power sector master plan to be ready by Nov
May 26, 2022 - Hassan O. Rashid, Managing Director & CEO of Prime Bank Limited, inaugurates the first-ever 24X5 Trade Shop Service Initiative at a programme in the capital recently. Top officials of the bank were present.
May 23, 2022 - Big, Bold, Beautiful: The all-new Nissan Magnite launched in Bangladesh Loaded with first-in-class features, the B-SUV combines a ‘carismatic’ design, powerful performance and advanced technologies to be the ideal companion for city adventures
May 23, 2022 - Private bank, NBFI employees come under BB overseas travel ban
May 23, 2022 - Max Group Chairman receives IEB’s lifetime recognition
April 30, 2022 - Plastic pollution: A serious threat to environment
April 22, 2022 - Sheikh Rakibul Karim, CEO (CC) of Guardian Life Insurance Limited (GLIL) and Adil Islam, Country Head of Bank Al- Falah Limited, exchanging document after signing an agreement in the capital recently. Under the deal, all the employees of the bank and their families will enjoy group insurance benefits. Top officials from both sides were present.
April 22, 2022 - Walton gets huge customers response to its digital campaign
April 17, 2022 - FBCCI President Md Jashim Uddin speaks at a seminar organised by the apex trade body at its office in the capital on Saturday.
April 17, 2022 - Kyser Hamid, Managing Director and CEO of Bangladesh Finance, inaugurating the new branch of Bangladesh Finance Securities at Chowhatta in Sylhet recently. A.H.M Nazmul Hasan, Managing Director and CEO of Bangladesh Finance Securities, Borun Prasad Paul, Managing Director and CEO of BD Finance Capital Holdings Limited and local elite were present.
April 15, 2022 - Mobile money industry processes record $1.0t globally in 2021
April 15, 2022 - BSCIC fair begins in city
April 15, 2022 - Promote ‘Made in Bangladesh’ brand
April 13, 2022 - Trust deed signed for Tk100cr Golden Jubilee Fund
April 13, 2022 - E-commerce thrives in Bangladesh rapidly
April 13, 2022 - Farman R Chowdhury, Managing Director and CEO at Al-Arafah Islami Bank Limited and Syed Mohammad Kamal, Country Manager of Mastercard Bangladesh, pose for photo after launches the country’s first contactless Islami debit and prepaid cards at a hotel in the capital on Tuesday. Other top officials from both sides were present.
April 13, 2022 - Ibrahim new CEO of PPP Authority
April 7, 2022 - Eshita made first Bangladeshi CEO
April 7, 2022 - Nasimul Baten, Managing Director and CEO of Delta Brac Housing Finance Corporation Limited (DBH), inaugurating its 13th branch at Moni Chottor in Shaheb Bazar of Rajshahi city on Sunday. A K M Tanvir Kamal, DMD & Head of Credit, Saiyaf Ejaz, Head of Administration & Recovery, Md. Zakaria Eusuf, Head of Loan Operations, Sabed Bin Ahsan, Head of Deposits, Business Planning & Alternate Channels and other senior officials of the company were present.
March 21, 2022 - No cut in VAT on beauty parlour services
March 17, 2022 - Berger inaugurates new flagship outlet in Chittagong
March 17, 2022 - Nagad, Dana enables financial access to the underserved
BNP government sponsored August 21 attack, Khaleda knew everything: PM

BNP government sponsored August 21 attack, Khaleda knew everything: PM

DHAKA: Prime Minister and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina today reiterated that the August 21, 2004 grenade attack was carried out under the patronage of BNP government and then Prime Minister Khaleda Zia knew everything about the attack well before.

“None could even imagine such attempt was made to kill (me and front ranking leaders of the AL) by charging RJS grenades in broad-day light,” she told a virtual discussion marking the 17th anniversary of the gruesome August 21 grenade attack on a peace rally of the AL against terrorism.

Mentioning that it was impossible to conduct such heinous attacks without state patronage, the Prime Minister said aftermath incidents of the then BNP government such as destroying all evidences, including unexploded grenades, helping killers flee the scene and even the country, and staging Joj Miah drama, have cleared the state sponsorship

Referring to Khaleda Zia’s remarks that she (Sheikh Hasina) would never be the prime minister or even the leader of the opposition in future few days before the attack, she said Khaleda Zia knew everything well before the attack.

In this connection, the Premier said Khaleda Zia also made such remarks before planting bombs at Kotalipara that the AL will not be able to go to power in 100 years.

She questioned how Khaleda Zia made such a forecast, saying, “If you follow her comments, these plots will come out”.

Bangladesh Awami League (AL) arranged the virtual discussion at its central office at Bangabandhu Avenue here this morning on the anniversary of the gruesome attack on AL’s anti-terrorism rally in the capital on August 21, 2004.

The Prime Minister joined the discussion through a videoconference from her official Ganabhaban residence.

AL General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, MP, delivered the introductory speech at the discussion.

AL Presidium Member, former minister Begum Matia Chowdhury, MP, Joint General Secretary and Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud, MP, Central Working Committee Member Dr Mostofa Jalal Mohiuddin, Organising Secretary SM Kamal Hossain, Dhaka North and South City AL Presidents Sheikh Bazlur Rahman and Abu Ahmed Mannafi respectively, among others, spoke on the occasion.

Publicity and Publication Secretary of the AL Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap, MP, moderated the discussion.

At the outset of the meeting, a minute’s silence was observed as a mark of profound respect to the memory of the martyrs of the August 21 grenade attack and the martyrs of the August 15 carnage.

Twenty two people including the then Women Affairs Secretary of AL and wife of late President Zillur Rahman were killed and over 1000 others injured and many of them became crippled for life in the attack.

By the grace of the Almighty Allah, the then opposition leader and incumbent Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and other front ranking AL leaders narrowly escaped the carnage.

The Prime Minister said Khaleda Zia had sent abroad four persons, including one of the perpetrators of August 21 grenade attack Maulana Tajuddin, one jail guard involved in the attack and killers of Bangabandhu Col Rashid and Dalim by Singapore Airlines at around 11:30pm on that day (August 21, 2021).

She said it was learnt that Col Rashid and Dalim came to Dhaka at that time and were under supervision of Khaleda Zia and her elder son Tarique Rahman.

The premier said intelligence agencies including DGFI, NSI and police were involved in the heinous attack.

She added that the perpetrators had decided to leave the country when they were sure that she did not die.

The premier said after assuming office in 2001, the BNP-Jamaat alliance government established a reign of terror across the country and killed thousands of leaders and activists of the Awami League.

She said Awami League arranged the rally in front of the party office on August 21, 2004 for peace and in protest against terrorist activities of the militants across the country, including an attack on the then British high commissioner at the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal (R) in Sylhet.

Recalling the terrible scene of the grenade attack, Sheikh Hasina, who was the leader of the opposition in parliament at the time, said the party leaders and activists including Mohammad Hanif saved her life by creating a human shield.

Holding the BNP government responsible for destroying the evidence of the grenade attack, Sheikh Hasina questioned, “If the BNP was not involved in the carnage, why did they damage the evidence?”

After the grenade attack, a government organization has washed the entire area by pouring water to erase all evidences, the premier said.

The BNP government sacked an army officer who wanted to keep an unexploded grenade as an evidence … it means that they did not want to keep a single evidence of the attack,” she said.

The prime minister said after the attack on that day, police lobbed tear gas canisters and resorted to lathi (baton) charge on AL leaders and workers instead of rescuing the dead and the injured persons to give a scope to the attackers to flee without trouble.

She questioned why 10 cadres of Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury (hanged to death on charges of crimes against humanity during the Liberation War of 1971) were killed in crossfire after the grenade attack.

After the incident, the BNP government formed a judicial probe committee headed by a justice which later unearthed that an intelligence agency of a neighbouring country committed the heinous attack, she said, questioning how it was possible and what they (BNP government and their intelligence agencies) were doing at that time.

“Such a barbaric attack could not be staged without the patronage of the then BNP government. The BNP government had made arrangements for the training of the terrorists and created scopes for them to flee abroad,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said the BNP government thought that she was killed in the attack. “But I survived the attack and when the BNP government heard that “see” didn’t die, they created scopes for four killers to run away,” she said.

Pointing out that many opposition lawmakers were injured in the attack, the prime minister said they were not allowed to utter a single word or discuss the matter in parliament.

The most painful thing was that no pro-BNP physicians were present in the hospitals particularly the Dhaka Medical College Hospital to treat the injured people

“Even we were barred from bringing a resolution in the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) to condemn the attack. Rather taking the floor, the then prime minister and Leader of the House Khaleda Zia ridiculed the issue, saying, “Who will kill her (Sheikh Hasina)?,” she said.

The prime minister said numerous leaders and parliament members of her party were groaning at the hospitals at the time. “But we had no right to discuss the issue in parliament and none was given mike in the House to speak on the matter … had they not been involved in the attack, they could not obstruct in this way,” she said.

The AL president prayed for eternal peace of the souls of those embraced martyrdom in the August 21 grenade attack.

The prime minister thanked all the leaders and activists of her party and its associate bodies for standing beside the people and providing assistance to them in the present coronavirus situation, responding to her call.

Describing COVID-19 situation as a global problem, the prime minister reiterated her call to all to comply with the health codes to protect themselves from the transmission of the deadly disease.

Sheikh Hasina said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman liberated the country and his dream was to bring smiles on the faces of the distressed people.

Mentioning that attempts on her life were made several times, the prime minister said the almighty Allah certainly has given some tasks to her by protecting her from the terrible August 21 grenade attack.

“I may continue the works until those are completed, and the Almighty will give that scope to me and we’ll build Sonar Bangla as dreamt by Bangabandhu,” she said.

facebook sharing buttontwitter sharing buttonmessenger sharing buttonwhatsapp sharing buttonsharethis sharing button
Latest News Most View

DU chalks out programmes to observe ‘Black Day’

Dengue situation under control in DNCC area: Atiq

West VAT Commissionerate exceeds revenue target

278 dengue patients admitted to hospitals in 24-hrs: DGHS

AL, its allied bodies pay homage to victims of August 21 grenade attack

75’s bullet came back to ‘August 21 grenade attack’ to make AL leaderless : Quader

Ronaldo is staying at Juve says Allegri

1.53 lakh corona vaccines reach in Ctg

Hasan Azizul Haque taken to Dhaka by helicopter for treatment

17th anniversary of Aug 21 grenade attack observed in Ctg

Govt firmly believes in press freedom: Khalid

Children in India, 3 other S Asian nations at extremely high risk of climate crisis impacts: UNICEF

17th anniversary of Aug 21 grenade attack observed in Kushtia

Aug 21’s pledge is to eliminate politics of killing: Hasan

Bangladesh reports 3,991 fresh cases, 120 deaths from COVID-19

Rajshahi people pay homage to August 21 grenade attack victims

Akram happy with Tigers preparation for T20 World Cup

BFF condole death of former footballer Bachchu

South Sudan builds ‘Bangladesh Road’ in Juba

Bangladesh’s chance to rise to fifth in T20 rankings
All News

About author


Pori to act in Tauquir’s next

Pori to act in Tauquir’s next

RN Desk;Pori Moni will be seen as the heroine in Tauquir Ahmed’s next film. She will be accompanied by Lux…

Reflection Team


আবদুল্লাহ বঙ্গবন্ধুর আদর্শের পরীক্ষিত সৈনিক ছিলেন: প্রধানমন্ত্রী

আবদুল্লাহ বঙ্গবন্ধুর আদর্শের পরীক্ষিত সৈনিক ছিলেন: প্রধানমন্ত্রী

: প্রধানমন্ত্রী শেখ হাসিনা ধর্ম বিষয়ক প্রতিমন্ত্রী ও একাত্তরের মুক্তিযুদ্ধের প্রবীণ নেতা অ্যাডভোকেট শেখ মোহাম্মদ আবদুল্লাহর মৃত্যুতে শোক জানিয়েছেন। এক…

Recent Video

Photo Gallery

Folder not found