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BNP rejects verdict, calls weeklong demo

BNP rejects verdict, calls weeklong demo

Political opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party has rejected the Aug 21 grenade attack verdict delivered on Wednesday (Oct 10), and called for weeklong demonstration starting from Thursday (Oct 10).

BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Rizvi Ahmed declared a set of programmes at the party’s Nayapaltan central office on Wednesday, after the verdict was declared, local media reports said.

The programmes include rallies all over the country, a student rally by Chhatra Dal on Oct 13, youth rallies by Jubo Dal and Swecchasebak Dal on Oct 14 and 15.

Also, on the list is a black flag procession on Oct 16, a women’s rally on Oct 17 and a rally of the party’s workers’ front Sramik Dal on Oct 18.

BNP’s Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has termed the verdict “politically motivated” and “naked manifestation of political vengeance.”

Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he further said, “We reject the verdict.”

On Wednesday, 19 people were sentenced to death and 19 others, including BNP acting Chairman Tarique Rahman, to life imprisonment, in two cases filed over the Aug 21 grenade attack on a Bangladesh Awami League rally in the capital in 2004.

A total of 24 Awami League leaders and activists, including Mohila Awami League president Ivy Rahman, were killed and more than 500 others were injured in the grisly attack on Bangabandhu Avenue. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who was the opposition leader in parliament at that time, narrowly escaped the attack.