Police detained 15 members of the banned Islamist outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir, including its Chattogram regional chief, on Friday.
The detainees were Chattogram regional chief and teacher of a private English medium school Ershadul Alam, 39, Md Nazmul huda, 27, Lokman Gani, 29, Abdullah Al Mahfuz, 30, Md Imtiaz ismail, 25, Md Karim, 27, Abdullah Monayem, 22, Kamrul Hasan Rana, 20, Ajim Uddin, 31, Ariful Islam, 20, Farhad Bin Farid Rafi, 23, Ajimul Huda, 24, Md Nasir uddin Chowdhury, 22, Mostafa Akbar Chowdhury, 22, and Alauddin, 27.
Ershad is a teacher of an English medium school and college of the port city and used to live at Chakra Kanan area of Bayezid Bostami.
At a press briefing at the CMP headquarters, additional commissioner (administration and finance) Amena Begum said they run extremist activities in the name of coaching centre business. In guise of teaching, they motivate young people in violence and extremism.
They targeted the students who are involved with Bangladesh National Cadet Corps in educational institutions.
Amena said though they inspire and motivate youth to get involved with the outfit for Islam but in reality they practice immoral activities.
‘If necessary, they train them to steal money from home. Some said they gather in this organisation by lying to their parents that they are going coaching centre,’ she said.
She said police detained two members of the outfit in front of the city’s Andarkilla Shahi Jame Mosque on Friday afternoon when they were distributing leaflets to devotees after jumma prayers.
She said that based on their information, police later detained 13 others from a house in Chandgaon residential area when they were in a meeting.
Additional deputy commissioner (south zone) Shah Md Abdur Rouf said they conducted overnight drives in five areas of the port city and detained them.
Rouf said police also seized Tk2.82 lakh in cash, leaflets, press statements, training manuals, mobile phones, two laptops, electronic devices and a motorcycle during the drives.
In the press conference CMP deputy commissioner South S M Mehedi Hasan, additional deputy commissioner (South) Shah Md Abdur Rouf, additional deputy commissioner Pankaj Barua, senior assistant commissioner (Kotwali) Nobel Chakma were also present.
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