Aug 21 victims continue to get PM’s supports: Officials

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Dhaka: The wounded and family members of slain victims of August 21, 2004 grenade attack continued to get regular financial and other supports under Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina’s initiative, officials and members of the victim families said yesterday.

“She has not forgotten the victims,” the premier’s the then private secretary and currently Bangabandhu museum curator NI Khan told BSS ahead of tomorrow’s crucial court verdict on the gruesome assault 14 years ago, according to BSS report.

Khan, a former secretary to the government, said the wounded and slain victim families were getting regular financial supports from the premier’s welfare fund and Bangabandhu Memorial Trust.

One of the victims Mohammad Firoz Alam who still carries the mark of his wounds, said he and his family members were grateful to Sheikh Hasina.

“We got family savings certificate of Taka 10 lakh to run my family. We also get Taka 5,000 per month from the Bangabandhu Memorial Trust,” Alam said.

Liton Munshi was killed during the gruesome assault on that fateful day while his sister Ismat Ara said “Sheikh Hasina has been providing us different financial and other supports”.

Ismat said after assuming the office as the prime minister Sheikh Hasina provided a large amount money to Munshi’s family which included two family savings certificates each worth Taka 5 lakh – one for Munshi’s wife and children and another for his parents.

The Bangabandhu Museum Curator said the prime minister was also providing the victims family members jobs in different private and government establishments and extending cooperation for their study and treatment and medical alongside giving flats.

He said the victims were getting financial assistance for treatment and their children’s study purposes since 2004 from the Bangabandhu Memorial Trust, established with the donation of inherited property of Sheikh Hasina and her sister Sheikh Rehana.

“Over 111 victim families are getting a donation from Tk 3000 to Tk 5000 each month from the trust,” Khan said. Prime Minister’s Deputy Press Secretary Ashraful Alam Khokan said the grenade attack victims were getting financial assistance regularly from Prime Minister’s Relief Fund as well. “Some 293 families were given financial and other supports so far,” he added.

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