Tareq Rahman was mastermind behind August 21 grenade attack: Quader
Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tareq Rahman was the mastermind behind the August 21 grenade attack.
He made the remarks on Monday after paying homage to former women affairs secretary of Awami League Ivy Rahman at Banani graveyard here on the occasion of her 16th martyrdom anniversary.
The August 15 carnage of 1975 and the August 21 grenade attack of 2004 was sewed with the same thread, Quader said, adding that following the continuation of this intrigue, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was targeted on August 15 in 1975 while his daughter Sheikh Hasina on August 21 in 2004.
Ziaur Rahman sheltered the killers of Bangabandhu and rewarded them by giving jobs in Bangladesh missions abroad, Quader said adding that those who rewarded and patronised the killers were equally responsible for the offence.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is the best example in establishing political relations among the country’s political parties, he said, but the activities of some political parties, the August 15 carnage and the August 21 grenade attack had created walls among the parties.
Responding to a remark of BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Quader said: “You (BNP) came to power many times but did you try to bring the Zia’s killers to justice or did you demand justice for Zia’s murder?”
AL praesidium member Jahangir Kabir Nanak, joint general secretaries Dr Hasan Mahmud and AFM Bahauddin Nasim, organising secretary Ahmad Hossain, office secretary Biplab Barua, women affairs secretary Meher Afroz Chumki and central committee member Rezaul Kabir Kawsar were, among others, present.