Mamunul put on 7-day remand

Staff Correspondent

20 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

A Dhaka court on Monday placed Hefazat-e-Islam Joint Secretary General Mamunul Haque on a seven-day remand in a case filed with Mohammadpur police station.

Metropolitan Magistrate Debdas Chandra Adhikari passed the order after Mohammadpur police station Sub-Inspector Sajedul Haq, also the investigating officer (IO) of the case, produced the Hefazat leader before the court seeking a seven-day remand.

Opposing the remand petition, defence counsel Jaynul Abedin Mezbah filed a petition seeking bail for Mamunul Haque in the case lodged by one GM Alamgir Shahin on March 7, 2020.

After hearing, the court rejected bail petition and granted police a seven-day remand for Mamunul.

Earlier, Mamunul was produced before the court amid tight security in and around the court premises.

Later, he was taken to the office of detective branch (DB) of police on Mintoo Road in the capital.

Earlier, Mamunul was shown arrested in the case filed on March 7 last year over vandalism by activists of the Qawmi madrasa-based organisation in the capital’s Mohammadpur area.

One GM Alamgir Shahin filed the case, accusing Mamunul and seven other named and some 70-80 unnamed persons, accusing them of attempt to murder, vandalism, looting a Samsung mobile phone set, Tk 7,000, US$ 2,00 and a Brac Bank debit card during an attack at a local mosque, and also threatening the mosque authorities.

The plaintiff also alleged that the accused carried out the attack when the mosque authorities were holding a sermon around 8:40pm on March 6, 2020, which also hurt religious sentiments.

Mamunul, also the acting secretary general of Bangladesh Khelafat Majlish, was arrested by a joint team of police and detectives at Jamia Rahmania Arabia Madrasa in the capital’s Mohammadpur area on Sunday afternoon.

The hefazat leader has been in the limelight for several months for mobilizing violent movements demanding removal of Bangabandhu’s sculpture and protesting against the arrival of the Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.

Mamunul was behind the scene since April 3 after he had been surrounded by locals and ruling party supporters with a woman, whom he identified as his second wife, at Royal Resort in Sonargaon.

Officials of the local administration and the police went to the resort upon hearing about the incident, and sat with Mamunul to learn about the incident.

Later a group of stick-wielding Hefazat supporters launched an attack on the resort, vandalized it and snatched Mamunul from the police.

Mamunul has been sued in several cases filed over violence that took place near Baitul Mukarram National Mosque during Hefazat’s demonstrations on March 26, and following his confinement with a woman at a resort in Sonargaon.

He was also named in a number of cases filed over the Hefazat mayhem in the capital on May 5, 2013.