A case has been filed against 17 leaders of Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh, including its Joint Secretary General Maulana Mamunul Haque, on charges of unleashing violence in Baitul Mukarram area of the capital on March 26.
Deputy Office Secretary of Dhaka South unit of Jubo League Khandaker Arifuzzaman filed the case with Paltan Police Station on Monday night where 2,000-3,000 other unidentified people were also made accused.Meanwhile, police said they will take steps for arresting the Hefazat leaders, including Mamunul, after assessing their role in the violence.
“There’re issues to look into such as whether they were directly involved in the incident or acted as masterminds, instigators or financers. We’ll assess the issues in shortest possible time and arrest those found involved,” Deputy Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (Motijheel Division) Syed Nurul Islam told reporters on Tuesday.
“We’re ascertaining their identities, locating their whereabouts and finding out their locations on March 26 and their role on that day,” he said.
Nurul further said, “We’ll identify those who carried out and led the violence. We won’t take into consideration their position. We’ll only consider whether they were involved with the incident or not,” he said.
The other accused in the case are Hefazat Joint Secretary General Maulana Junaid Al Habib, Joint Secretary General Maulana Lokman Hakim, Joint Secretary General Nasir Uddin Monir, Nayeb-e Ameer Maulana Bahauddin Zakaria, Maulana Nurul Islam Jehadi, Nayeb-e Ameer and Brahmanbaria district unit President Maulana Sajedur Rahman, Maulana Habibur Rahman, Maulana Khaled Saifullah Ayubi, Maulana Jasim Uddin, Maulana Masudul Karim, Mufti Monir Hossain Qasemi, Maulana Zakaria Noman Fayezi, Maulana Faisal Ahmed, Maulana Mushtaqunnabi, Maulana Hafeez Mohammad Jobayer and Maulana Hafez Mohammad.
According to the case statement, the plaintiff, a businessman by profession, went to Baitul Mukarram National Mosque on March 26 to offer Juma prayers.After the prayers, he came out of the mosque and saw thousands of leaders and activists of Jamaat-Shibir, BNP and Hefazat on the stairs of the north gate of the mosque.
They, led by Maulana Mamunul Haque, held secret meetings in different parts of the country, including Dhaka, to create chaos during the grand celebrations of the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence and the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Mamunul planned and conspired to create widespread anarchy across the country, including Dhaka, added the case statement.
The plaintiff also alleged that leaders and activists of Jamaat-Shibir, BNP and Hefazat, as per the order of Mamunul, carried out an attack on him and other devotees on the mosque premises.
They attacked the plaintiff and others with local and foreign firearms, including knives, axes, swords, hammers and sticks. The plaintiff suffered serious injuries during the attack.
They also set two motorcycles on fire, blocked roads and looted shops around the mosque.
Earlier, as many as 20,000 people were accused in numerous cases filed over the series of violent protests by Hefazat in several districts on March 26-28.
However, no top Hefazat leader was named as accused in any of those cases.
On March 26, a group of Hefazat hardliners clashed with police outside Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in Dhaka during protests against Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi’s visit to Bangladesh.