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Jamaat activists start unleashing violence

  • Esaraf Hossain
  • 1st January, 2023 09:24:42 AM
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Jamaat activists start unleashing violence

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Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir have resorted to vandalism under the cover of their ally BNP’s anti-government programmes.

In recent days, Jamaat-Shibir activists have been locked in sporadic clashes with law enforcers in many places of the country.

They (Jamaat-Shibir) are resorting to violence as part of their ill-motive to destabilise the country, detective sources said.

During the political programmes announced by BNP, Jamaat-Shibir men took to streets and clashed with policemen, they added.

Police intercepted Jamaat’s procession in the capital as the embattled party did not take any permission for the political programme.

“They (Jamaat) didn't take permission from police for the procession,” Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Khandker Golam Faruq said while addressing a press briefing on Saturday.

DMP held the briefing after police held 11 people at Mouchak in the capital during a sudden procession of Jamaat-Shibir activists.

Police learnt from various sources that Jamaat loyalists planned to gather at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque and nearby Abul Hotel after Jum’ah prayers on Friday. But, they were deterred by heavy police presence in the area.

On Friday, Jamaat-Shibir activists brought out processions in different places in the capital and were locked in clashes with police.

During sporadic clashes in Malibagh, Paltan and Motijheel areas, police detained some Jamaat-Shibir men.

Police said some policemen were also injured in the clashes. Police fired teargas on Jamaat-Shibir men as they brought out a procession without police permission.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Ramna Division) Shahidullah said, "We think it was a procession of Jamaat-Shibir."

They had Jamaat banners in their hands. They attacked policemen. The police dispersed them through firing teargas and charging batons.

In another incident, police arrested nine Jamaat leaders and activists from a mass procession in Rangpur city on Friday afternoon.

Jamaat decided to hold the same programme in Dhaka in solidarity with the 'simultaneous programme' mass march announced by BNP.        As part of their conspiracy, Jamaat-Shibir men have started to carry out violence and clash with law enforcers.

Many activists of BNP and Jamaat who went into hiding in the face of police operation have reportedly started coming out from their hideouts and reorganising themselves ahead of the upcoming national election, intelligence sources said.

Like 2013 and 2014, BNP-Jamaat activists may go for massive violence in the capital and elsewhere in the country, it said.

In such a situation, law enforcers are keeping close watch on many leaders and activists of the BNP-Jamaat alliance who were also involved in anarchy in 2013 and 2014.

BNP and its alliance are taking preparations for tougher agitation against the ruling Awami League.

In 2013-2014, Jamaat-Shibir men took to streets, committed vandalism and arson and attacked law enforcers in different places of the country, leaving at least eight policemen killed and more than 300 others injured.

They also held different tough programmes, including shutdown, in the capital and elsewhere in the country.

As part of the move, all high police officials working in all divisional and district headquarters have been asked to remain alert so that vested interests cannot get chance to carry out acts of sabotage, police headquarters sources said.

Even all the SP’s and DSB’s have also been strictly instructed to keep close monitoring on secret activities of different militant outfits, it said.