Kasemi among 3 Hefazat leaders put on remand

Staff Correspondent

22 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

A Dhaka court on Wednesday placed three leaders of Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh, including its Dhaka city unit vice-president Mawlana Qurban Ali Kasemi, on a seven-day remand each in four different cases.

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Mamunur Rashid granted a seven-day remand for Qurban Ali Kasemi after police him before the court seeking on a ten-day remand for interrogation in a case filed with Paltan police station in 2013.

Opposing the remand petition, defence lawyer submitted petition seeking bail for Kasemi in the case but the court rejected the bail plea after hearing.

Earlier, Qurban Ali Kasemi, also joint secretary general of Khilafat Majlish, was arrested by Detective Branch (DB) of police from the capital’s Basabo area on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the same court on Wednesday also placed Hefazat’s leaders Mufti Sakhawat Hossain Raji and Monjurul Islam Afendi on a total of 21-day remand each in three cases filed with Paltna and Motijheel police stations.

Earlier, a Dhaka court on Thursday placed the two leaders of Hefazat-e-Islam on a five-day remand each in a case filed over the mayhem in Dhaka’s Motijheel eight years ago.

DB men arrested the two Hefazat’s leaders from Dhaka’s Lalbagh area on Wednesday evening.

On May 5, 2013, following a massive rally, Hefazat men clashed with law enforcers and Awami League activists at Motijheel and Paltan areas, turning that parts of the capital city into a warzone. They looted shops and torched police outposts, multiple vehicles, and hundreds of shops.

Hefazat had claimed that many of its leaders and activists were killed in the clashes, but the government’s official dtata showed that the death toll was only 13.

Following the rampage, more than 50 cases were filed with Paltan and Motijheel police stations on charges of murder and violence against hundreds of people, including Hefazat’s then secretary general Junaid Babunagari.