The BNP government hurled bombs on women leaders to thwart Awami League programs

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Published on January 4, 2023
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Awami League announced fresh programs to protest the countrywide persecution and killing of more than 10,000 leaders and activists in the first three years of the BNP-Jamaat government. As the opposition Awami League tried to organize the party leaders and activists, BNP-Jamaat terrorists carried out bomb attacks targeting the meetings and rallies. On December 24, 2004, they carried out a heinous bomb attack in the Sylhet Mohila Awami League office and paralyzed several of its female leaders.   

The Janakantha published the report with photos on December 25, 2004. It said an unknown young man threw something inside the door during the meeting. At this, the entire building shook with a powerful explosion, and the room was covered in blood. Women's Awami League President and former MP Jebunnesa Haque, Secretary Ruby Fatema Islam, Commissioner Shahanara Begum, City Mayor Badruddin Kamran's wife Asma Kamran, Salma Bashir, Viba Rani, Madhuri Mohan and many other women were seriously injured in this brutal attack.

Locals saw some strangers roaming under the house shortly before the attack. They left the place immediately after the attack. The eight women leaders survived as they were quickly taken to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital. But someone’s leg, someone's hand, someone's face, and someone else's body got crippled forever.

Police, however, arrested the housemaid of Awami Mohila League president Jebunnesa to divert the incident. Just like this, Khaleda Zia, in a public rally, blamed Sheikh Hasina for the gruesome grenade attack on Bangabandhu Avenue on August 21, 2004, and staged drama by arresting an ordinary poor man, named Joj Mia, facing public anger. But during the non-partisan caretaker government, the court finally acquitted Joj Mia after the investigation revealed the connection of Hawa Bhaban, Khaleda Zia’s son Tarique Rahman, her State Minister for Home Lutfozzaman Babar and other militant leaders.