Hefazat wanted to repeat Shapla Chattar mayhem, says home minister

Staff Correspondent

29 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Hefazat-e-Islam wanted to see recurrence of Shapla Chattar incident by provoking violence across the country. 

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal disclosed the information while briefing reporters at his residence at Dhanmondi in the capital on Wednesday.

“Their secret plan came out during investigation. They certainly had political ambitions. Hefazat’s various secret activities are being investigated by our security forces,” said the minister.

“Intelligence agencies are working on those who financed Hefazat. We have got some information, but don’t want to say right now. I will tell about this after a few days. From where and whom they have got the money. Investigation will reveal this,” he said.

“They set fire to the documents of land office. They attacked DC bungalows, police bungalows and set fire to police outposts. They also vandalized the Ustad Alauddin Khan Institute,” he also said.

The constitution of Hefazat clearly states that they will not participate in any political issue and they will stay above politics, but they are doing against their constitution, the minister said.

Regarding the case of Babunagari, the minister said, “There was a case against Babunagari in 2013. He was also detained at that time. Later, he took bail. All the cases against him will be dealt with according to the law. No one is above the law,” he said.

Earlier, 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.

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.

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.