by Staff Correspondent,
Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has alerted the people against conspiracies being hatched by a vested group for repetition of 1975-like carnage in Bangladesh.
“More arracks may come. The August 15, 1975 attack was carried out when Bangabandhu started the country’s development. Those who don’t like Bangladesh’s development, they will not sit idle, them must attack,” the Prime Minister said in a discussion organized on the 18th anniversary of an attack on her anti-terrorism rally that killed at least 24 people on August 21, 2004.
The attack, the historians say, was a continuation of the August 15, 1975 attack by a group of disgruntled army officer in which Bangladesh’s independence architect Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated along with most of his family in Dhaka.
The Prime Minister accused the then ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its allies for carrying out the August 21, 2004 attack aiming at elimination of the top leadership of the Awami League party, which led Bangladesh into the 1971 war of liberation against Pakistan.
Hasina, also the chief of the Awami League, narrowly escaped the attack.
“We, who got new life surviving the August 21, 2004 grenade attacks, have the responsibility to the people. And our today’s pledge is to perform the duties till the last breath,” she said.
Hasina said it impossible to conduct such heinous attacks without state patronage. The then BNP government’s subsequent activities such as destroying all evidences, including unexploded grenades, helping killers flee the scene are evidence that there was state sponsorship.
The then prime minister Khaleda Zia knew everything, Hasina told the discussion organized at the AL central office in Dhaka in remembrance of those killed in heinous attack.
The AL General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister, Obaidul Quader delivered the introductory speech at the discussion while it’s Publicity and Publication Secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap moderated it.
At the outset of the meeting, a minute’s silence was observed as a mark of profound respect to the memory of the martyrs of the August 21 grenade attack and the martyrs of the August 15 carnage.
Immediately after reaching the venue, the prime minister placed a wreath at the makeshift podium to show respect to the August 21, 2004 martyrs.
Hasina said the entire world is now witnessing economic debacle due to ongoing Coronavirus, Russia-Ukraine war, sanctions and counter sanctions and people have been suffering immensely for those reasons.
“The world is now facing an economic meltdown which impacts on our country. We’re thinking of protecting the people of our country from it,” she said.
The prime minister called upon all to join hands with the government to help rescue Bangladesh from the situation instead of making wholesale criticisms.
Considering the global context, she asked the countrymen to show austerity in using electricity, gas and water as the rich countries including USA, UK, Australia and Germany are facing difficulties.