BNP rejects verdict, protests and black flag procession program

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Staff reporter: BNP rejects the verdict of the August 21 grenade case and has organized a procession and black flag procession program. BNP senior junior secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the program after a verdict on Wednesday. He said, protesting against the verdict of the ruling will be held on Thursday (today) in the district and police stations across the country including Dhaka city and procession. On October 16, a black flag procession will be held in the district and metropolis including Dhaka Metropolis. Judge Shahed Noor Uddin, the number one judge of Dhaka’s fastest trial tribunal, gave the verdict of death sentence of 19 people including BNP State Minister for Home Lutfozzaman Babar and former Deputy Minister Abdus Salam Pinto. Khaleda Zia’s eldest son BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman, Khaleda Zia’s political secretary Harish Chowdhury and 19 others have been given life imprisonment. On Aug 21, 2004, 24 people including Ivy Rahman were killed in a grenade attack on Awami League anti-terror rally in Bangabandhu Avenue; Hundreds of activists were injured. On that day, survived for a short time, the current Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina. But the grenade has lost its acute power. The verdict came in the wake of the attack that led to the assassination of Sheikh Hasina and led directly to the top leaders of BNP-Jamaat alliance. Before the announcement of the program, BNP Secretary-General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir rejected the verdict on 21 August grenade case. Later, Rizvi announced the five-day program of organizational activities along with the announcement of BNP’s program. He said, on October 13, Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, Juba Dal on October 14, volunteers of 15th October will hold demonstrations. The women’s team on 17 October and the human chain will be held on October 18. After being arrested during the military-controlled caretaker government, BNP’s senior vice-chairman Tarique, who was released on bail in 2008, went to London in 2008. Since then, he is staying with his wife and daughter. Two years ago, Tarique was sentenced to seven years imprisonment in a money-laundering case, the High Court. On February 8, he was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. Tareq’s mother, former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, is in jail for the past eight months in the case. Tareq or BNP’s leader was not involved in the attack on August 21, the party leaders said that their party’s acting chairman Tarique has been implicated in further investigation into ‘political motives’. BNP Standing Committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Mirza Abbas, Nazrul Islam Khan, Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, central leader Shirin Sultana, Abul Kalam Azad Siddiqui, Taiful Islam Tipu, Munir Hossain, among others, at the BNP’s central office at Naya Paltan. Sultana Ahmed, Farida Yasmin were also present.

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