CHATTOGRAM: Police have found the involvement of 43 people, including incumbent Ameer of Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh Junaid Babunagari, in activities that led to the death of its founding Ameer Allama Ahmad Shafi.
Inspector Monir Hossain of investigation agency Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) submitted a report against them before the court of Chattogram Chief Judicial Magistrate on Monday in a case filed over the alleged murder of Ahmad Shafi, said PBI Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Banaj Kumar Majumder.He told the Daily Sun that the investigation revealed the involvement of the 43 people, including Hefazat men, in activities that expedited the death in different ways.
They carried out vandalism at the madrasa in the name of demonstrations and barred treatment of Ahmad Shafi that resulted in his death, said the DIG.
The other accused Hefazat leaders include its Joint Secretary Nasir Uddin Munir, Organising Secretary Azizul Haque Islamabadi, Publicity Secretary Jakaria Noman Foyezi, Mir Idris, Habib Ullah, Ahsan Ullah, Abdul Matin, Md Shahidullah, Md Rizwan Arman, Hasanuzzaman, Enamul Hasan Faruqui, Mir Sajed, Jafar Ahmad, Mir Ziauddin, Ahmad, Mahmud, Asad Ullah, Zobaer Mahmud, HM Junaed, Anwar Shah, Ahmad Kamal, Kamrul Islam Kashemi, Mohammad Hasan, Obaidullah Obaid, Jubair Mohammad, Aminul Haque, Rafiq Sohel, Mobinul Haque, Naim, Hafez Sayem Ullah, Alam, Shibbir Ahmad, Abu Sayed, Hossain Ahmad, Towhid, Arfan, Mamun, Aminul Islam, Masudur Rahman, Jahangir Alam and Nur Mohammad.
The investigator, however, did not find the involvement of FIR-named accused and controversial Hefazat Joint Secretary Mamunul Haque, said sources.
Md Mainuddin, brother-in-law of Shafi, filed the case on December 17 last year accusing 36 people, including Hefazat leaders, of murdering Shafi.
Judicial Magistrate Shiblu Kumar Dey took cognisance of the complaint and ordered PBI to investigate it.Some students of Hathazari Madrasa staged demonstrations on September 15 and 16 last year demanding removal of Shafi’s son Anas Madani from the post of assistant director (Education) of the madrasa.
They also demanded appointing new director general replacing Ahmad Shafi for his physical inability.
Shafi resigned from the post of director general at a meeting of the Shura Committee on September 17 in the face of demonstrations while the committee also removed Anas Madani and teacher Nurul Islam.
The Islamic scholar fell sick after holding the meeting at the madrasa.
Shafi was taken to Chattogram Medical College Hospital and later shifted to Dhaka for better treatment.