Hefazat-e-Islam has formed a five-member convening committee shortly after the dissolution of its central committee.
Nurul Islam Jihadi announced the convening committee in a video message early Monday, hours after dissolution of the central committee by Junaid Babunagari on Sunday night.Junaid Babunagari’s maternal uncle Muhibullah Babunagari was named the chief adviser of the convening committee.
The dissolved central committee’s ameer Junaid Babunagari and secretary general Nurul Islam Jihadi were made the organisation’s convener and member secretary respectively.
The two other members of the convening committee are Salah Uddin Nanupuri and Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury.
A few more have been made members of the convening committee. The convening committee will soon announce its full committee, according to a competent source.
Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh ameer Junaid Babunagari announced dissolving its central committee, which was formed four months ago following the death of long-time leader Shah Ahmad Shafi, by posting a video statement on his facebook page at about 11:00pm on Sunday.
In the video statement, Junaid Babunagari said, “Under the context of the current situation, we have decided to dissolve the central committee. We took the decision with the suggestion of some senior Hefazat-e-Islam leaders.”He said that Hefazat would be run by a convening committee. He, however, did not mention name of any convening committee member.
The announcement of Babunagari came in the backdrop of arrest of 19 central and key leaders of Hefazat in the past few days over the incidents of violence across the country following protests against March 26-27 visit of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh.
Hefazat started its journey from Chittagong on January 19, 2010. The organisation was founded by Shah Ahmad Shafi, the then director general of Hathazari Madrasa in Chattogram. Until his death on September 18, 2020, he was the Ameer of the organisation.
After the death of Ahmad Shafi, a central committee was formed on November 15, 2020 with Junaid Babunagari as Ameer and Nur Hossain Qasemi as secretary general. When Nur Hossain Qasemi died on December 13 of the following month, Nayeb Amir Nurul Islam Jihadi was appointed acting secretary general.