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  • Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud

    Khaleda can’t evade responsibility for Aug-21 attack: Info Minister

    Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud says BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia cannot evade the responsibility for the grisly August-21 grenade attack.

  • Law Minister Anisul Huq

    Hearing on death references in Aug 21 grenade attack cases likely this year

    The High Court (HC) may start hearing on the death references and appeals in August 21 grenade attack cases by this year as paper books of those will be prepared in two-four months, says Law Minister Anisul Huq.

  • Perpetrators of Aug 21 grenade attack will be punished: PM

    Accusing the past BNP-Jamaat government and Begum Khaleda Zia and her elder son Tarique Rahman of perpetrating the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally in the capital, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asserts that punishment would be inflicted to those responsible for the heinous attack.

  • Obaidul Quader

    Tarique to be exposed for highest punishment: Quader

    Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has said the mastermind of 21st August grenade attack Tarique Rahman will be exposed for the highest punishment.

  • Two convicts surrender before a Dhaka court in a case filed over grenade attack

    August 21 attack: 2 sent to jail on surrender

    A Dhaka court sends two convicts to jail after they surrendered before it in connection with a case filed over grenade attack on an Awami League rally 15 years ago.

  • August 21 grenade attack death references

    Death references reach HC for examination

    The death references on August 21 grenade attack cases yesterday reached the High Court for examination of the trial court's verdict that sentenced 19 persons including former state minister and BNP leader Lutfozzaman Babar to death, while 19 others including BNP's acting chairman Tarique Rahman got life imprisonment.

  • Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali

    ‘Govt doesn’t want to curb free speech’

    The government has no intention to curb freedom of expression which lays foundation of its democratic governance, Law Minister Anisul Huq briefs diplomats.

  • Attorney General Mahbubey Alam Opinion on Freedom Fighters' quota system

    Bringing Tarique back not difficult: AG

    Attorney General Mahbubey Alam yesterday said it will not be difficult for the government to bring Tarique Rahman, BNP's senior vice chairman who is a convict in the August 21 grenade attack cases, back to the country.

  • 21 August Attack: Babar-nama

    It was the cabinet's oath-taking night after the 2001 parliamentary elections. The phone rang in the newsroom of The Daily Star. On the other end of the phone was the quivering voice of a man who, in his Dhaka University student days, was an infamous “armed cadre” of a political party.

  • Tarique Rahman highest punishment

    AL, associates demand capital punishment of Tarique

    Several hundred leaders and activists of Awami League and its associate bodies bring out a procession in Dhaka demanding capital punishment to BNP acting Chairman Tarique Rahman in connection with August 21 grenade attack case.

  • Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader spoke at a conference

    People won't accept unity with Aug 21 killers: Quader

    Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader says the country’s people would never accept any ‘Jatiya Oikkya’ (national unity) with the August 21 grenade attackers.

  • BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Rizvi Ahmed talks on Khaleda Zia’s nomination cancellation

    ‘State-sponsored verdicts’ in Aug-21 cases to ruin BNP: Rizvi

    BNP alleges that 'state-sponsored' verdicts were given in the August 21 grenade attack cases, aiming to destroy BNP in a planned way.

  • Grenades came from Pakistan

    Grenades came from Pakistan

    The grenades used in the August 21 attack to kill Sheikh Hasina were supplied by former deputy minister Abdus Salam Pintu's brother Maulana Tajuddin.

  • 21 August Grenade Attack

    August 21 grenade attack case: Crime & Punishment

    Death Penalty in each of two Cases

  • Grenades came from Pakistan


    August 21, 2004...

  • A close shave

    The day before August 21, 2004, Dhaka city Awami League leaders had an informal meeting with party chief Sheikh Hasina for her directives on the next day's rally on Bangabandhu Avenue.

  • Ruckus, outage in courtroom

    The morning rush hour traffic, which generally seems to stretch endlessly, suddenly disappeared at Chankharpul intersection yesterday.

  • 'Key plotter' gets off lightly, victims feel

    Survivors and family members of the victims of the August 21 grenade attack said they were saddened that the court fell short of giving capital punishment to Tarique Rahman, who was convicted of conspiring and planning the carnage.

  • A bid to make AL leaderless

    Rivalry between the ruling and the opposition parties is inevitable in politics, but it is utterly unacceptable that attempts will be made to make the opposition leaderless, a special court observed in its verdict in the August 21 grenade attack cases yesterday.

  • Tarique Rahman-Lutfozzaman Babar

    Crown to crime

    He was hardly known to outsiders until his father, General Ziaur Rahman who became Bangladesh's president in the process of several coups and counter-coups, died in another military putsch in May 1981. Through a Bangladesh Television programme, the countrymen, eventually came to know of Tarique Rahman. And today, he is facing life term as the court verdict goes. From the crux of political power he now lives the life of a fugitive.

  • August 21 attack: 'State-backed crime' punished

    It was a well-orchestrated plan, executed through abuse of state power, a special court has ruled, delivering verdicts in the two cases filed over the grenade attack on an Awami League rally 14 years ago.

  • Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader talks about BDR Pilkhana mutiny 2009

    AL not fully satisfied

    The ruling Awami League yesterday said it was neither unhappy nor fully satisfied with the verdicts in the grenade attack cases and that it would request the government to seek a stricter punishment for BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman.

  • Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal says No arrest without warrant

    18 convicts still at large

    Eighteen of the 49 convicts in the August 21 grenade attack cases are still at large and police have been able to know the whereabouts of eight of them.

  • 113 activists of BNP, Jamaat arrested

    Police yesterday arrested 113 leaders and activists of BNP, Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir in Cumilla and Jashore to “prevent deterioration of law and order” over the August 21 grenade attack case verdict.

  • 21 August grenade attack

    Joj Mia demands capital punishment of Tarique

    Joj Mia, the man who falsely-implicated in the August 21 grenade attack incident, says he is not fully satisfied over the verdict as the mastermind of the attack BNP’s acting chairman Tarique Rahman was not awarded death penalty.

  • Cancellation of 25 Jamaat-e-Islami men's candidacy

    ‘Democracy must be consolidated thru’ liberal policy towards opposition’

    Whichever party may be in the state power in a democratic country must strive to consolidate democracy by adopting a liberal policy towards the political opposition, observes a special tribunal.

  • August 21 grenade attack

    August 21 blast: Victims’ accounts

    August 21, 2004 was a ghastly chapter in the political history of Bangladesh.

  • BNP rejects verdict, calls weeklong demo

    Political opposition BNP rejects the August 21 grenade attack verdict delivered today, and called for weeklong demonstration starting from tomorrow.

  • Unhappy with August 21 grenade attack verdict

    Unhappy with Aug 21 attack verdict, says victim

    A victim in the grenade attack on an Awami League rally on August 21, 2004, says he is unhappy with the verdict delivered by a special tribunal in two cases filed over the carnage.

  • 21 August grenade attack charge sheet

    Aug 21 grenade attack: Accused and charges

    The verdicts in August 21 grenade attack cases, to be delivered 14 years after the blasts on Bangabandhu Avenue, are likely to further heat up the political landscape ahead of the national election as several BNP leaders, including the party’s acting chairman Tarique Rahman, are accused in the cases.