Dhaka, Bangladesh
Politics partitioned permanently!

Politics partitioned permanently!

'Wall created by BNP thru Aug 21 grenade attack cannot be crossed'

News Report: A question crops up if Bangladesh's factions politics is set to be partitioned permanently as top ruling-party leaders, while reopening a trauma Wednesday, dropped a broad hint about this eventuality. Some senior journalists also agreed that, unless any unforeseen unifying spirit is created by any miraculous developments, the divisions created through terrible August events could remain ever irreconcilable. A security analyst, Brigadier-General (Rtd) Sakhawat Hossain also spoke much in the same vein. "This incident has caused a collapse in Bangladesh politics," he said at a live discussion at night. One of the journalists, however, struck a positive note, too. "There is no last word in politics." That also leads to an idiom: Politics makes strange bedfellows. The flurry of thoughts on the divide between the two main political camps-one led by Awami League and the other by BNP-was triggered by remarks made during commemorative programmes on the 21st August 2004 grenade-attack carnage. Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader said, "It's not possible to overlook the wall created in political relations by BNP through the August 21 grenade attack cannot be overlooked, leapfrogged." He called Tarique Rahman "mastermind" behind the 21st August grenade attack and said he would be exposed for the "highest punishment". "We've the opportunity to go to the higher court and we will fight for the highest punishment of Tarique Rahman," he told reporters after placing wreaths at the memorial erected on the spot of the occurrence at Bangabandhu Avenue in the city, after paying homage to the martyrs. Quader, also the Road Transport and Bridges Minister, said the then Harkat-ul-Jihad leader Mufti Hannan in his statement told that they carried out the heinous attack after getting order from Tarique Rahman. "The all masterminds of the killing would be exposed to trial," he added. The AL leader said the gruesome grenade attack, on August 21 in 2004, was launched on an anti-terrorism public rally of AL at Bangabandhu Avenue during the rule of BNP-Jamaat alliance to eliminate the party top leader and the then opposition leader in Jatiya Sangsad (Parliament) and now Prime Minister of the country, Sheikh Hasina. "For blessings of the Almighty, our leader and Bangabandhu's daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina escaped the carnage," Quader said, adding that the trial of the masterminds of the heinous attack will be held in this soil and the people of the country are waiting to see it. He said, "The promise of the day is that we will face terrorism and fundamentalism in the country's politics under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina." Quader said BNP had finished the relation of work between the government and opposition parties in a democratic country by carrying out the heinous attack. "Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina invited BNP chief Begum Zia to Ganabhaban, though BNP carried out the attack. The countrymen know her (Begum Zia) behavior," he added. Information Minister and Awami League Publicity and Publication Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud today said BNP chief Begum Khaleda Zia is also liable for the heinous 21st August grenade attack and she cannot avoid the liability. "DGFI (Directorate General of Forces Intelligence) tried to investigate as per the statement of the DGFI officials. But, Begum Zia rebuked them. So, she is also liable for the attack," he told reporters after placing wreaths at the memorial erected on the spot of the occurrence at Bangabandhu Avenue in the city. Terming the incident as a dreadful one, the minister said the then BNP government rebuked a DGFI official and police officials who wanted to investigate the heinous attack. After the attack that day, he said, police lobbed teargas shells and resorted to lathi charge on AL leaders and workers instead of rescuing the dead and the injured persons. "The aim of this action was to allow attackers to flee without any hindrance," he added. Instead of tracking down the real culprits, the BNP-Jamaat government staged the "Joj Mian drama with an innocent village man" to divert the incident to other direction, Dr Hasan said. He said BNP-Jamaat clique is hatching conspiracy to turn Bangladesh into a militant state. The minister urged all to remain alert against the conspirators. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also lashed at the BNP-Jamaat alliance. Alleging that the then BNP-Jamaat government was involved in the grisly August 21 grenade attack in 2004, she said it is not possible to carry out an attack of such scale without government's patronage. "Such an incident (grenade attack) cannot take place in broad daylight without the patronage of the then BNP-Jamaat coalition who was in power at that time," she said while addressing a discussion marking the 15th anniversary of the August 21, 2004 grenade attack. (Inputs taken from live media reports, BSS and UNB)

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