The Interpol has issued a ‘red corner’ notice for arrest of BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman, who is a prime accused in the Aug 21, 2004 grenade attack on an Awami League rally in Dhaka.
Tarique, the eldest son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, has been living in London for the past six years.
His Bangladesh passport is no longer valid and has not been renewed — so he lives in London as a refugee, reliable sources in London and Dhaka indicate.
The Interpol ‘most wanted’ list has carried Tarique’s picture with details, saying Bangladesh is seeking him to stand trial in the 2004 case.
The Aug 21 case was filed over killing 24 in the grenade attack on the Awami League rally on Bangabandhu Avenue during the tenure of BNP-Jamaat-e-Islami coalition.
Tarique, then a powerful figure in the coalition government, is one of the prime accused as an alleged mastermind of the conspiracy leading to the attack.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina barely escaped that attack but her hearing was affected.
Police say subsequent investigations have revealed that the assassination of then the Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina was the main motive of the attack.
Of the 52 accused in the case, 19, including Tarique, are fugitives.
He has also been implicated in a few other cases of treason and defamation for peddling his very own version of Bangladesh’s contemporary history, which includes dubbing Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as a ‘Pakistani collaborator’.
The High Court has also forbidden Bangladesh media and citizens from reporting statements by Tarique Rahman in all forms of media and social media like Facebook and Twitter.