Hasina blames Zia for 2004 grenade attack on her



Hasina blames Zia for 2004 grenade attack on her Dhaka: Another spat has broken out between the 'battling Begums' in Bangladesh as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina blamed the previous Khaleda Zia-led government for masterminding the 2004 deadly grenade attack on her.

"Such an attack could not be a carried out without the involvement of the then government," Hasina said during a party rally yesterday commemorating the sixth anniversary of the grenade attack in Awami League rally that killed 24 people and injured nearly 300 others.

Sheikh Hasina was also present in the rally and had escaped the attack.

"The grenade attack was carried out in a planned way under direct patronisation of the then ruling party. There is no doubt about it," she said.

"Certain activities of the then BNP-Jamaat coalition government point to the fact that they had direct links with the attack and there is no doubt about it," Hasina was quoted as saying by The Daily Star.

"Investigation is going on. Those who killed so many innocent people must be tried and punished to put an end to the politics of killing in the country," she said.

She said the BNP-led four-party coalition government tried to protect the attackers by different means.

She said the law enforcers, who were on duty at the venue, did not come forward to the victims' aid after the attack. She alleged that the previous BNP-Jamaat government neither investigated the incident nor allowed them to speak about the grenade attack in parliament.

Bangladesh Home Minister Sahara Khatun earlier this week has said that the "godfathers" of the 2004 grenade attack on Awami League rally to assassinate Sheikh Hasina would be meted out "exemplary punishment" after the completion of the reinvestigation into the case.

PTI