21 August grenade attack case verdict - Blame Game | The Daily Star

On August 21, 2004, a heinous grenade attack was launched on a rally of the then opposition Awami League at Bangabandhu Avenue in Dhaka in a bid to annihilate the party’s leadership, an unprecedented incident that changed the course of politics in Bangladesh.

Blame Game

Awami League

Awami League have been blaming its political arch rival BNP for the attack since 2004. Khaleda, Tarique directly involved in Aug 21 grenade attack


Denying all accusations by AL, BNP said it has no involvement with the attack. The grisly grenade attack was aimed at diverting the people's attention from the government's success that made them worried about their future.


“The plan was obviously designed to kill me. Gunshots aiming at my vehicle say so. The grace of Almighty Allah saved me, but 18 people are dead so far,” AL President and then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina told reporters at her Sudha Sadan residence on August 22, 2004.


“As investigations are on, I won’t name anyone. But I do know for sure that there was a plot, which is still being nursed. The attack was part of a conspiracy to tarnish my government's image,” BNP Chairperson and then prime minister Khaleda Zia told at a party meeting on September 2, 2004.

Obaidul Quader

“It [August 21 grenade attack] was a brutal incident, killing 22 people including Ivy Rahman. The whole country knows that the attack was planned by Hawa Bhaban,” said AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader on August 25, 2018.

Tarique Rahman

“The Awami League was given permission to hold the rally at the city’s Muktangan that day. But why did the party leaders change the venue at such a short notice? It proves Sheikh Hasina knew about the attack and she was involved in it,” BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman said at a seminar in London on August 24, 2014.