Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh carried out acts of violence after being politically motivated, claims an official of the Detective Branch (DB) of police.
Mahbub Alam, joint commissioner (Detective Branch) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), made the claim while talking to reporters at the DB office in the capital on Saturday.He said police came to know about this from the statements of Hefazat leader Babunagari made in 2013 and another leader Mufti Fakhrul recently.
The DB official said Hefazat formed a syndicate ‘Rabetatul Waizin’, which used to control waz mahfils across the country. “The syndicate used to force the organisers to take its members at the waz mahfils. The members succeeded in implementing fanatic agenda during the mahfils. Besides, the Hefazat leaders amassed huge wealth and property using the poor students of madrasas,” he said citing information gleaned from Hefazat leaders now on remand.
“They were involved in grabbing madrasas. They were also involved in merrymaking with women,” he said.
The Detective Branch of police is investigating complaints in 65 cases filed against Hefazat leaders and activists. Of the cases, 12 were filed over recent mayhem and 53 in 2013 over the Shapla Chattar violence.
Mahbub said the police have so far arrested 14 Hefazat leaders for their involvement in recent mayhem carried out in protest against the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh to join the celebrations of the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the golden jubilee of country’s independence.
The DB formed three teams to find out those who were involved in the acts of violence and their motives, he said, adding that some officers, who have knowledge on the holy Quran and Hadith, were included in the teams.The DB official said the Hefazat leaders engaged in plots with some political parties to oust the government in 2013.
They recently carried out mayhem opposing Modi’s visit as part of the same plot, he claimed. “Although the Hefazat leaders often claim that their organisation is a non-political one, the leaders have link with different political parties,” he said.
Mahbub said they used madrasa students as a shield while many political parties tried to use Hefazat as a stairway to go to power.
In response to a query about what the Hefazat leaders want to do, the DB official said they want to oust the government and make the country like Afghanistan and Pakistan.
He claimed that Hefazat is divided into several groups with one faction supporting fanaticism.
About the marriages of Hefazat leader Mamunul Haque, Mahbub said Mamunul admitted that he has document against the first marriage while the rest two marriages were done contractually.
In response to another query as to with which parties Hefazat has ties, he said it has links with Jamaat-e-Islami and BNP.
The DB official said a leader of Ulema Dal, an associate body of BNP, from London is spreading propaganda on behalf of Hefazat.