21st August 2004: Attack on Democracy

On 21st August 2004, state-sponsored terrorists carried out a gruesome grenade attack on a rally in front of the Awami League's central office on Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital. Sheikh Hasina and top leaders of the Awami League narrowly escaped, but the splinters killed Ivy Rahman and 24 activists. The attack injured more than four hundred pe...

August 21 grenade attack: A dark chapter for Bangladesh politics

Hiren Pandit: The Honourable Prime Minister (the then Leader of the Opposition) Sheikh Hasina, and the leaders of the Awami League miraculously survived a horrific grenade attack at an Awami League rally on August 21, 2004. However, 24 Awami League leaders and activists including Ivy Rahman were killed. Hundreds were injured. Many have been...

Martyrs of 21st August Grenade Attack

Martyrs of 21st August Grenade Attack

It was Hawa Bhaban plot

It was a long, dark plot. A chilling conspiracy was getting final touches in an eerie August of 2004, a month that brings to mind the memories of a past bloodbath. The plot for a high-profile assassination was awaiting approval, again. On August 14: At Hawa Bhaban -- the alternative powerhouse of the BNP-led coalition government. At least nine ...

All You Need to Know About the 21st August Grenade Attack Case

On 21 August 2004, several military grade grenades were hurled at an Awami League rally in Bangabandhu Avenue, Dhaka. Twenty-four leaders and activists of the Awami League and its associate bodies were killed and over 300 others suffered splinter injuries in the August 21 attack. Among the dead were Ivy Rahman, then Mohila Awami League Chief and...

The Cycle of Conspiracy

Syed Badrul Ahsan: What occurred on Aug 21, 2004 was part of a pattern set in motion years back in Bangladesh’s history. The sinister objective was the elimination of the leadership of the Awami League and, by extension, the mutilation of national history. Observe the cycle of conspiracy. In the late 1960s, the Ayub Khan regime in Pakis...

Why Sheikh Hasina was attacked on 21st August: A Pakistani militant's 'Bangladesh Mission'

One of the biggest militant attacks in Bangladesh’s history was the grenade attack on Awami League President Sheikh Hasina’s rally at Bangabandhu Avenue on August 21, 2004. The then opposition leader and now prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, had become the target of a terrorist attack on an anti-terrorism rally. Twenty-four people were...

Darkest Chapter of Bangladesh Politics

Hiren Pandit: Prime Minister (the then Leader of the Opposition) Sheikh Hasina and leaders of the Awami League miraculously survived a horrific grenade attack at an Awami League rally on August 21, 2004. However, 24 Awami League leaders and activists including Ivy Rahman were killed. Hundreds were injured. Many have been crippled forever. Some ...

Atrocities of grenade attack must be condemned

Pranab Kumar Panday: August is considered the darkest chapter in the history of Bangladesh as it was the month in which the two worst incidents took place. On August 15, 1975, traitors assassinated Bangabandhu with most of his family members in a domestic and international conspiracy. The main objective of the assassins on that day was to erase...

August 21: A tragedy within a tragedy

Dr. Rashid Askari: The terrible killing of Bangabandhu along with his family members (except for two daughters) and his nearest relatives on the fateful August 15 night in 1975 is one of the biggest tragedies in human history. We call this pre-dawn killing 'August tragedy'. But the tragedy did not end there. It was again in another August (2004...

21 August, 2004: All Hell Broke Loose by State-Sponsored Terrorism

Seventeen years ago on 21st August, the nation was about to burst against the state-sponsored militancy, in the capital. Ironically, shortly after, the anti-militancy protesters themselves became victims of the country’s most gruesome militant attack masterminded by then BNP-Jamaat government. The anti-militancy campaigners in their hundreds ...

21 August Grenade Attack: Web of Conspiracy

21 August Grenade Attack: Web of Conspiracy

Lesson from August grenade attack

Sharif Shahab Uddin: There have been quite a number of reasons to believe that military dictator Ziaur Rahman was engaged in the conspiracy of assassinating Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman while his son Tarique Zia was the main architect of 21 August grenade attack to kill Sheikh Hasina, the daughter of Bangabandhu and th...

We weren't even allowed to talk about the grenade attack: HPM Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina believes the BNP-Jamaat-e-Islami coalition government's efforts to stifle any attempt by the Awami League to speak out against the grenade attack in 2004 points to their 'direct involvement' in the plot. Hasina made the remarks at a discussion organised by the Awami League, commemorating the 16th anniversary of the ...