313 financiers of Hefazat identified

► Tk 60m transacted through Mamunul’s bank accounts
► Police rescue Jharna from house of Mamunul’s sister

Staff Correspondent

28 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has identified 313 financiers of Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh which carried out violent activities in different areas of the country in March.

AKM Hafiz Akhter, Additional Commissioner (Detective) of DMP, made the disclosure to reporters at his office at DMP headquarters in the capital on Tuesday.

“During investigation, we  have got evidence of Tk 60 million transaction made through the bank accounts of arrested Hefazat’s joint secretary general Mamunul Haque,” he said.

 “We have so far identified 313 financiers of Hefazat-e-Islam. A total of Tk 60 million was transacted through the bank accounts of Mamunul,” the police officer added.

He, however, did not disclose the names of the financiers of the Islamic organisation and the total amount of money it received from them for the sake of investigation.

The police officer also gave information on the plot to remove Allama Shafi from the post of amir of Hefazat.

“Some Hefazat leaders plotted to remove Allama Shafi from the post of Hefazat amir during the marriage ceremony of the son of Junayed Babunagari,” he said.

“Mamunul, Junayed Al Habib, Khalid Saifullah, Nurul Islam and some other Hefazat leaders held a secret meeting at the house of Junayed Babunagari and planned to remove Shafi and make Babunagari amir of the organisation,” he added.

Later, they started removing those, who are loyal to Allama Shafi, from Hathazari Madrasa in Chattogram to implement their plot, the police officer said.

Hefazat-e-Islam carried out violent activities in protest against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to join the celebrations of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence.

On April 18, police arrested Mamunul from Jamia Rahmania Madrasa at Mohammadpur in the capital.

Next day, he was put on a seven-day remand in a case filed with Mohammadpur police station. During interrogation, police came to know that Mamunul had close links to a militant group in Pakistan and he received training from the outfit after going to Pakistan.

On April 26, Mamunul was again put on a 10-day remand in two other cases at the end of his seven-day remand.

Earlier on April 3, local people caught Mamunul with a woman at Royal Resort in Sonargaon of Narayanganj. At that time, he claimed the woman named Jannat Ara Jharna as his second wife.

Jharna was the former wife of Mamunul’s friend Hafez Maulana Shahidul Islam. Shahidul-Jharna couple has two sons.

Waliur Rahman, father of Jharna, filed a general diary (GD) with Kalabagan police station on Monday night, stating that Jharna was kept confined to the residence of Mamunul’s sister. In the GD, Waliur Rahman told police to immediately rescue his daughter.

According to the GD, Jharna phone her eldest son and told him to rescue her as soon as possible as she feared that she might be killed at any time.

Waliur Rahman said Mamunul broke the happy family of Jharna.

He (Mamunul) forced his daughter to do physical relations with him alluring her into marriage with him, Waliur Rahman said.

After the GD, police rescued Jharna from the house of Mamunul’s sister at Mohammadpur in the city on Tuesday. The process of handing over Jharna to her legal relatives is going on, detectives said.