Arrest, remand of Hefazat leadership continue

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:29, Apr 17,2021


Both arrests and remand in custody of Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh leadership continued in various cases following their roles in protests organised during the two-day visit of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi in Bangladesh in March.

The Hefazat leadership in Dhaka and Chattogram said they were still compiling the lists of the arrested leaders across the country and said that an estimated 250 leaders and supporters were held in the latest crackdown on them since early this month.

Most recently, the Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police arrested Hefazat-e-Islam Dhaka city unit vice president Mawlana Jubayer Ahmed at his Lalbagh house on Friday.

Jubayer was arrested for the charge of involvement in Shapla Chattar violence on May 5, 2013, said the DB’s Motijheel division deputy commissioner Asaduzzaman.

The Hefazat leader was also involved in recent violence carried out by the group, said the DB officer, adding that the police arrested the Hefazat leader from his Labagh house around 5:00pm.

United News of Bangladesh reported citing the announcement the police made on Friday 24 that more people were arrested in the past 24 hours in connection with the clashes and vandalism by Hefazat-e-Islam activists and supporters in Brahmanbaria in March.

The arrests were made at different parts of the district, according to the special branch of district police.

So far, 54 cases were filed and 261 people were arrested over the violence, the police said.

Earlier, the police arrested Hefazat central organising secretary Azizul Haque Islamabadi, assistant secretary general Sakhawat Hossein Razi, central committee assistant secretary general Manjurul Islam Afendi and assistant-publicity secretary Mufti Sharifullah in Dhaka over the past few days.

They were shown arrested in cases related to Shapla Chattar violence on May 5, 2013.

Over 70 cases were filed in various districts against all top Hefazat leaders save for its chief Junayed Babunagori and unnamed 50,000  others following the violence over the visit of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.

At least 17 were killed in violence since March 26.

On Friday, a metropolitan magistrate court in Dhaka rejected the bail application of Mufti Sharifullah, an assistant publicity secretary of Hefajat-e-Islam’s central committee, and sent him to jail in a case filed under the Special Powers Act with Jatrabari Police Station on May 6 of 2013.

Metropolitan Magistrate Begum Yeasmin Ara passed the order after Ayaan Mahmud, an inspector of Jatrabari police station and also the investigation officer of the case, produced him before the court on completion of one-day remand.

New age correspondent in Gazipur reported that child preacher Rafikul Islam was remanded on Thursday for two days in custody by a judicial magistrate court in the city in a case filed under the Digital Security Act.

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