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19 sentenced to death, 19 to life imprisonment in in 2004 grenade attack in Bangladesh

Press Trust of India  |  Dhaka 

A Wednesday sentenced 19 people to death and 19 others, including former Khaleda Zia's son Tarique Rahman, to life imprisonment in the 2004 grenade attack that killed 24 people and injured 500 others, including the then opposition leader

The attack on an rally on August 21, 2004 targeted Hasina, now the of survived in the attack with a partial hearing loss.

Former for home Lutfozzaman Babar is among 19 people who were sentenced to death by the court on Wednesday.

Rahman, the BNP's who lives in exile in London, and 18 others were given life imprisonment.

Investigations found an influential quarter of the then BNP-led government, including Rahman, masterminded and sponsored the attackers -- the operatives of militant Harkatul (HuJI).

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First Published: Wed, October 10 2018. 12:35 IST