September 20, 2021, 3:23 am
Dhaka: Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader today said August 15 carnage was not only an attack on Bangabandhu family rather it was the most brutal assault on the spirit of the country’s independence which was earned through the bloodstained 1971 Liberation War.
He was addressing a webinar titled “Mournful August – Black Chapter of History” arranged by AL mouthpiece Uttaran.
Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, said: “August 15 carnage was carried out against the Liberation War of Bangladesh.”
In continuation of August 15, 1975 carnage, four national leaders were killed inside safe custody of Dhaka central jail on November 3 in 1975 and grenade attacks were launched on AL rally on August 21 in 2004 to make the country leaderless, he said.
“These attacks were continuation of a common conspiracy,” he said.
Mentioning that perpetrators of August 15 carnage still remain active, Quader said the direct killers were brought to justice and the verdict of death sentence has been executed.
But several others are still at large and the government is continuing its diplomatic efforts to bring back the fugitive killers of Bangabandhu, he added.
The minister said behind the scene perpetrators of the August 15 carnage will be found out through investigations to unmask those conspirators before the new generation.
He underscored the need for building national unity to eliminate the politics of conspiracy and killings forever from Bangladesh.
Quader said attacks are being carried out on democracy, values and ideologies one after another. So, politics of conspiracy should be eliminated forever, he added.
He said those who carried out August 15 carnage and who were its beneficiaries were tried in the court of nature.
Bangla Academy Chairman and National Professor Rafiqul Islam, Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh, Supreme Court Appellate Division retired Justice Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik, writer Imdadul Haque Milon, AL Organizing Secretary Advocate Afjal Hossain and Office Secretary Barrister Biplab Barua addressed the webinar with Uttaran Editor Dr Nuh-ul-Alam Lenin in the chair.
Later, AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader virtually joined a discussion on National Mourning Day arranged by Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Science and Technology University.
Speaking on the occasion, he said those who wanted to erase Bangabandhu from the history are being effaced from the history.