RANGPUR: Leaders of Awami League (AL) and its associate bodies here today demanded for unveiling masks of the masterminds of August 21 grenade attacks and their exemplary punishments.
The district and city units of AL, Awami Swechchasebak League, Sramik League, Jubo League, Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), Jubo League and other associate bodies of AL chalked out programmes in observance of the black day.
The programmes included hoisting of the national flag, party flag at half mast and black flag placing wreath on the portrait of Bangabandhu and martyrs of August 21 grenade attacks, wearing black badges and observance of one-minute silence.
President of AL unit Shafiur Rahman Shafi presided over the human chain programme followed by a discussion participated by hundreds of leaders and activists of the district and city units of AL and its associate bodies.
Joint Secretary of district AL Professor Mazed Ali Babul and Treasurer Abul Kashem, Vice-presidents of city AL Shah Md Nabiullah Panna and Idris Ali, its General Secretary Tushar Kanti Mandal, Presidents and General Secretaries of city units of different associate bodies of AL, addressed.
The speakers said the gruesome grenade attack was carried out at the anti-terrorism rally of AL on August 21 in 2004 at Bangabandhu Avenue to assassinate the then opposition leader and AL President Sheikh Hasina during the BNP-Jamaat alliance government.
Nabiullah Panna said August 21 grenade attack was part of the deep-rooted conspiracy that started since August 15 in 1975 through assassination of Bangabandhu and most of his family members to make the nation leaderless and reverse national independence.
Tushar Kanti Mandal blamed the then BNP-Jamaat government for the heinous August 21 grenade attacks on the public meeting of Sheikh Hasina and demanded for unveiling masks of masterminds behind the attack for ensuring their exemplary punishments.
Shafiur Rahman Shafi called upon leaders and activists of AL and its associate bodies for foiling the conspiracies being hatched by anti-liberation forces to stop the nation's advancement since killing of Bangabandhu.