CT monitors Hizb ut-Tahrir webinar move

Muktadir Rashid | Published: 02:29, Feb 27,2020


Counter terrorism unit of police has increased its surveillance after banned Islamist outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir announced to hold a webinar on Friday to introduce a draft constitution to establish Khilafah in Bangladesh. 

The officials at the Anti-Terrorism Unit of police and the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police said they were monitoring their activities of the outfit seeing posters pasted on the walls at places including Mirpur, Farmate, Razabazar, Dhanmondi and Banglamotorin the capital for more than a week.

The banned group in its poster said that they would hold a webinar, a seminar on online platforms, from an online television site to live streamed on facebook and youtube channel detailing how their Khilafah would ensure the rights of people and how to reunite the ummah.

ATU intelligence chief Md Moniruzzaman, also additional deputy inspector general, said that they had already approached Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission seeking restriction on the sites they planned to use for their propaganda.

The CTTC deputy commissioner Saiful Islam said that they had seen the posters and already approached the Facebook authorities detailing the background of the banned group.

‘Let’s wait and see how the Facebook authorities react,’ said the CTTC official.

Another counter terrorism official told New Age that the banned group might be able to hold their webinar defying the restrictions by using technology. They also did the same in the past, he said.

‘In that case, we will observe their activities,’ said the official.    

Hizb ut-Tahrir was banned on October 22, 2009 after the group wanted to restore the Khilafah.

The law enforcement agencies have arrested several hundreds of Hizb ut-Tahrir supporters mostly from financially affluent families but hardly a dozen members now were languishing in jail.

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