Dhaka, Bangladesh
BNP rejects verdicts

BNP rejects verdicts

Declares demos

News Desk BNP rejected the verdict in the August 21 grenade attack cases and announced protest programmes, terming the verdict politically motivated one. “It has been given at the behest of the government with a political motive. It's a naked manifestation of satisfying the government's political vengeance," said BNP Secretary-General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. Speaking at a press conference at BNP's Nayapaltan central office after Wednesday’s verdict, he further said, "We reject the dictated verdict." Fakhrul also said the government has set another bad example of taking political revenge using the court as they did it by convicting BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a 'false' case in the past. He alleged that though their party Senior Vice-chairman Tarique Rahman had no involvement in the grenade attack incident, he was given life imprisonment in the cases. "It has proved that no citizen of the country has now the scope of getting justice." Under the circumstances, Fakhrul called on the country's people to become alert about the government's 'vindictive attitude and its foul strategy of using court'. "We also urge people to get united to wage a movement to establish a pro-people government by ousting the current unelected one." He said they will carry out different political programmes against the verdict alongside taking legal measures. BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed said the prosecution could not present any straightforward document and witness before the court to prove Tarique Rahman's involvement in the incident. "Despite this, he was sentenced to life imprisonment for making political gains." BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Mirza Abbas, Nazrul Islam Khan, Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury and party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi were, among others, present. Earlier in the morning, a speedy trial tribunal sentenced 19 people to death and 19 others, including BNP acting Chairman Tarique Rahman to life imprisonment, in two cases filed over the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally in the capital in 2004. Meanwhile, BNP on Wednesday announced a two-day countrywide programme, including demonstrations and black-flag processions, protesting the verdict. Besides, party's different associate bodies will stage demonstrations and form human chains for five days in the next week. BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the programmes at BNP's Nayapaltan central office. As part of the programmes, BNP will demonstrate in all cities and district towns on Thursday. Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal and Jatiyatabadi Swechchhasebak Dal will stage demonstrations on Saturday, Sunday and Monday respectively. Besides, Jatiyatabadi Mohila Dal and Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal will from human chains across the country on Wednesday and Thursday respectively. (Inputs taken from UNB)

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