PBI investigating 16 cases against Hefazat leaders

Staff Correspondent

23 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI), a specialised unit of police, is carrying out investigation into 16 cases filed against leaders and activists of Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh.

The cases were filed with some police stations in Dhaka, Narayanganj, Brahmanbaria and other parts of the country on charge of acts of violence by the Hefazat men, who opposed the arrival of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Bangladesh.

Modi arrived in Dhaka on March 26 to join the celebrations of the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence.

Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Banaj Kumar Majumder, chief of the PBI, revealed the development to the Daily Sun on Thursday.

He said, “The Police Headquarters handed over 16 cases to us last week. We have begun investigating the cases,” he said.

He said that they were collecting videos of the mayhem carried out by the Hefazat men.

The officer said the innocent people would not face the music.

Of the 16 cases, one was filed with Sonargaon Police Station in Narayanganj for carrying out attack by the leaders and activists of Hefazat at Royal Resort and on policemen to take their influential leader Allama Mamunul Haque from the resort, sources said.

On April 3, local people caught Hefazat leader Mamunul along with a woman at a room of the resort.

On hearing information, hundreds of leaders and activists stormed into the resort, carried out vandalism, and took him away.

On April 19, the Police Headquarters handed over 23 cases against the leaders and activists of Hefazat to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

The CID in its preliminary investigation found involvement of Mamunul, joint secretary general of Hefazat central committee, in an act of violence at Siddhirganj in Narayanganj.