Staff Correspondent: The government will take steps to start hearing death references and appeals in the August 21 grenade attack case at the High Court on priority basis.
The paper book of the case is being prepared and the death reference will be heard at the High Court once the paper book is prepared.
Regarding this issue, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said, “Steps will be taken to hear the death reference and appeals filed by the accused in the case once the paper book is prepared.”
On this day in 2004, a grenade attack was carried out on an Awami League rally at Bangabandhu Avenue when the BNP-Jamaat alliance was in office. Sheikh Hasina, the then leader of the opposition, was apparently the target.
At least 24 people, including Awami League women affairs secretary and late President Zillur Rahman’s wife Ivy Rahman, were killed. Three hundred others were also injured. Sheikh Hasina escaped the attack unhurt but her hearing was affected badly.
A Dhaka court on October 10 last year sentenced 19 people, including former state minister for home affairs Lutfozzaman Babar, to death. Tarique Rahman, the eldest son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, and 18 others were sentenced to life in prison.
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