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21,000 AL men killed during BNP regime: Quader

Published 9:37 pm | August 17, 2020

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Online Desk : Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday said as many as 21,000 leaders and workers of the party were killed during the BNP regime between 2001 and 2006 as they carried out repressions on people after assuming power.

“After assuming power in 2001, BNP carried out repressions on people. Some 21,000 leaders and workers of Awami League were killed during their regime”, he told a discussion, joining it virtually, marking series bomb blast on August 17, 2005, at the party’s Bangabandhu Avenue central office here.

Dhaka City south and north units of AL arranged the discussion.

Quader, also minister for road transport and bridges, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina never saved killers enacting indemnity acts and did not endorse killers, BSS reports.

He said those who assumed power capitalizing on arms power are now talking about disappearance and killing.

Castigating BNP leaders for their comments that there is no justice in the country, Quader said after the assassination of Bangabandhu, trial of killers remained far away as “we even did not claim justice for 21 years.”

He said BNP staged ‘Joj Mia’ drama to divert the trial in the case of the August 21 grenade attacks to different direction.

Quader said BNP does politics of terrorism, militancy and communalism in the country, so they killed 97 people in the name of “Operation Clean Heart” between October 16, 2002 and January 2003.

The minister said the country and its independence are not safe at the hands of those who perpetrated the assassination of Bangabandhu and made evil designs attempting to assassinate his daughter Sheikh Hasina.

Highlighting the success of the incumbent government, he said Bangladesh has now become a land of enormous potentials in the world map under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

But an evil force is out to make their evil attempts against the development as they want to push the country towards confrontation, he added.

The AL general secretary urged the party leaders and workers to remain alert against all sorts of conspiracies and make united efforts to further strengthen the hands of the premier.

He said banned militant outfit JMB carried out series bomb attacks at 500 places in 63 districts across the country simultaneously on August 17 in 2005 leaving two people killed and wounded 50 others.

Quader said the evil design of carrying out the series bombings was not made in a single day as the militants could not be able to launch such kind of series blasts across the country without backing from the then BNP government.

The AL general secretary said all the bomb blasts including the grenade attack on the Awami League rally at Bangabandhu Avenue on August 21 in 2004 and series bombings on August 17 in 2005 are interwoven with the brutal assassinations of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members on August 15 in 1975.

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