MNA National Desk: The 13th anniversary of the 21 August grenade attack is being observed on Monday with a renewed call for holding trials of perpetrators of the carnage.
The attack was carried out at an anti-terrorism rally of Awami League (AL) at Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital on 21 August in 2004 aiming to bankrupt the party leadership.
About 24 people including the then Mahila AL president and wife of late Bangladesh president Zillur Rahman were killed and over 500 others injured in the attack and many of them became crippled for life.
Those other killed in the barbaric grenade attack included opposition leader’s personal security guard Lance Corporal (retd) Mahbubur Rashid, Abul Kalam Azad, Rezina Begum, Nasir Uddin Sardar, Atique Sarkar, Abdul Kuddus Patwari, Aminul Islam Moazzem, Belal Hossain, Mamun Mridha, Ratan Shikdar, Liton Munshi, Hasina Mamtaz Reena, Sufia Begum, Rafiqul Islam (Ada Chacha), Mostaque Ahmed Sentu, Md Hanif, Abul Kashem, Zahed Ali, Momen Ali, M Shamsuddin and Ishaque Miah. Prominent among those suffered serious splinter injuries included Sheikh Hasina, Amir Hossain Amu, Abdur Razzak, Suranjit Sengupta, Obaidul Quader, Advocate Sahara Khatun, Mohammad Hanif, Prof Abu Sayeed, and AFM Bahauddin Nasim.
The ruling AL, its front and associate bodies and its left-leaning allies, and other political parties, social-cultural organizations have chalked out elaborate programmes across the country marking the anniversary.