‘Jamaat, BNP colluded with militants’ to carry out grenade attack on Awami League rally

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Pakistani intelligence groups were involved in the attack, which wanted to take the opposition leader Sheikh Hasina out of office, said the chief prosecutor Syed Rezaur Rahman on the second day of the conflict in a Speedy Trial Tribunal on Tuesday in Dhaka.

The conspirators, which included “local and like-minded political parties, especially the four-party coalition led by BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami,” were furious at the Awami League because they wanted to pursue secular policy.

“Local and international militant groups, especially Lashkar-e-Taiba, Tehreek-e-Jehad-e-Islami and Hizbul Mudschahidin, and the Pakistani Intelligence Service ISI (Inter-
Terrorists like Mufti Hannan and others, the Mujahideen fighters in the Afghanistan war, organized the attack after training in various parts of Bangladesh, he said.
The case submitted 13 years ago has overcome many obstacles to reach its final phase. The arguments began on Monday, at the end of which the judgment for the delivery is planned.

Twenty-four people died and several others were injured after grenades had been hurled at an Awami League rally in front of the offices of the now ruling party at Bangabandhu Avenue in Gulistan.

The central leader Ivy Rahman was killed. Party President Sheikh Hasina, now Prime Minister, survived scarce, but suffered a hearing loss due to the explosion sound.

The BNP-Jamaat government, which was in power during the attack, had interfered in the investigation of the attack.

The batch sheet of the case was submitted during the regime of Army-assisted janitorial government. He accused 22 people, including the leader of the Mordi Hannan, the militant leader Md Tajuddin and his brother Abdus Salam Pintu, the former BNP Vizeminister.
Another 30, including Tarique Rahman, the son of the BNP leader and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, were included in the list of defendants after the takeover of the Awami League in 2009.
Also the Jamaican leader and former social minister Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mujahid, the former Minister of State for House Lutfozzaman Babar and former BNP deputy Kazi Shah Mofazzal Hossain Kaikobad were accused.

“The then Deputy Minister Abdus Salam Pintu and the Minister of State Lutfuzzaman Babar had good relations with Tajuddin, who were studying in a Pakistani Madrasa. They planned the attack together,” said the prosecutor Rezaur.

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