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11 October, 2018 00:00 00 AM

Attack carried out with help of state machinery: Court

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Attack carried out with help of state machinery: Court

The grenade attack on the then opposition Awami League in 2004 was carried out with the help of the state machinery to create a leadership vacuum in the party, a trial court observed yesterday.

Terming the attack as “heinous and barbaric”, Dhaka’s speedy trial tribunal judge Shahed Nuruddin opined that exemplary punishment for the offenders could deter repetition of such incidents.

“It cannot be a democratic expression of thought to obtain political gains by killing opposition leaders,” the tribunal said while delivering the verdict in the August 21 grenade attack case.

The judge also observed: “It is normal to have disputes between the ruling and opposition parties in politics. But it is never expected that there will be an attempt to eliminate the leadership of the opposition. This court never wants the repetition of crimes like the attack on Hazrat Shahjalal shrine, attack on former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria, Ramna Batamul attack and grenade attack on August 21, 2004.”

The court said the defeated forces of 1971 were involved in the grenade attack as they were involved in the killing of father of the nation and four national leaders.

It said Bangladesh had achieved its independence through the Liberation War at the cost of the blood and honour of mothers and sisters. The nation had been able to formulate a Constitution for establishing the rule of law, democracy and justice.

But the forces defeated in 1971 continued with their evil attempts to thwart the country’s independence and the spirit of the Liberation War. They tried to stop the speed of development in liberated Bangladesh by killing Bangabandhu and his family members.

These forces attempted to tarnish the image of Bangladesh in the national and international arenas and disgraced the flag by rolling back the wheels of the country’s economy, according to the court’s observation.  

The defeated forces killed Bangabandhu on August 15, 1975 and conspired not to hold any trial through the Indemnity Bill. But the nation was cleansed of the stigma of Bangabandhu’s assassination after a long trial of more than 25 years, it observed.

The evil forces even killed the four national leaders at the central jail after killing Bangabandhu. But their machination did not stop there.

On August 21, 2004, these forces heinously attempted to create a leadership vacuum in Awami League. Local militant outfits in connivance with international militant organisations orchestrated the attack.  

“With the assistance of the then state machinery, the attack was carried out in a broad day light by using specialised arms Arges grenade,” the court said.

Questions were raised why the arms were used? Does politics mean diabolical attack on the opposition? It was not only an attack, but an evil attempt to create a vacuum in the party’s leadership.

There must have been hundreds of dissents of opinion between the ruling party and the opposition in politics. But it is undesirable to end the leadership of the opposition. Whatever party be the power in a democratic state, the ruling party should make all-out efforts to establish democracy by extending the policy of liberalisation for the opposition. It is not the democratic expression of thought at all to obtain political gain by killing opposition leaders. General people do not like such politics.

The laymen want to know a party’s policies, ideals and planning by joining its rallies and meetings. But if the trend of killing political leaders and general people by grenade attacks in meetings, people will become indifferent to politics.

Reviewing all the witnesses, the judge said, “The court deems that the repetition of such heinous hideous attack can be deterred by awarding exemplary punishment to the accused.”

The court said the prosecution was able to prove the intention of the accused in carrying out the attack, which had killed 24 AL leaders and left hundreds of leaders and activists critically injured.




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