16th anniversary of Aug 21 grenade attacks tomorrow

The 16th anniversary of the gruesome grenade attack on an Awami League (AL) anti-terrorism rally in the capital on August 21, 2004 will be observed tomorrow with heavy hearts.

The gruesome grenade attack was carried out at an anti-terrorism rally of Awami League (AL) on Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital on August 21, 2004 aiming to bankrupt the party leadership during the BNP-Jamaat alliance government.

President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today paid rich tributes to the victims of August 21 grenade attack in 2004 and prayed for eternal peace of the departed souls of the martyrs.

In separate messages on the eve of the 16th anniversary of the heinous grenade attack, they urged all to come forward being imbued with the spirit of Liberation War to turn the sorrows of August 21 into strength for building a peaceful and democratic Bangladesh which will be free from terrorism and militancy.

“August 21 grenade attack in 2004 is a mournful day as the killers launched history’s barbaric grenade attacks on an Awami League rally at Bangabandhu Avenue with an attempt to kill Bangabandhu’s daughter Sheikh Hasina,” said President Abdul Hamid in his message.

Though Sheikh Hasina escaped death by the grace of Almighty Allah, Awami Mahila League’s former President Ivy Rahman and 23 other leaders and activists were killed and many others injured, he added.

Abdul Hamid said many of the injured persons in the attack became crippled for life and now living in endless miseries.

“The August 21, 2004 grenade attack was aimed at making bankrupt the AL and Bangladesh in leadership and stopping democratic process and establishing autocracy and militancy,” he said, adding that the people of the country did not let it happen.

The President expressed his optimism that the pro-democratic and patriotic people will come forward being imbued with the spirit of the War of Liberation to build a dignified, happy and prosperous Bangladesh.

He said mutual respect and tolerance are a must to make the country’s democracy meaningful.