Some senior leaders of Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh have allegedly embezzled the money they collected from people abroad in the name of helping the forcefully-displaced Rohingyas.
Mahbub Alam, joint commissioner (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), made the statement at a press briefing at his office on Sunday.“After the arrest of former Hefazat finance secretary Monir Hossain, police came to know that it (organisation) received most of its funds from abroad,” he said.
“Bangladeshis abroad sent huge money to the organisation for helping the Rohingyas, orphanages and madrasa students. But some of its senior leaders spent the money on their personal and political purposes,” he added.
He further said the leaders built houses, bought cars and owned other kinds of properties with the money. They also made a syndicate for the embezzlement purpose.
To a question how much money was sent for the Rohingyas, he said it could not be known how much money was sent from abroad, but huge money was sent. Of the finance, Tk 60 million was sent to six bank accounts of Hefazat leader Maulana Mamunul Haque in one year.
The officer said that financial irregularities were committed by some leaders of Al-Hayatul Ullah Lil Jamiatil Qomia and Befaqul Madarisil Arabia Bangladesh, which are two bodies to operate Qawmi madrasas.
“We think that the government should intensify its surveillance much more to check the irregularities. We have many brilliant and good Islamic scholars. But they remain away from the organisation due to the menace of the dishonest ones,” he said.On the final reports of the case against Hefazat men, he said they were carrying out investigation into 14 cases filed in 2013. Besides, they were investigating some new cases against them.
“We hope that we can submit charge sheets in the cases soon,” he said.
Mahbub went on to say that they made much progress in investigation into the cases.
In response to another question whether the Hefazat received funds from any foreign intelligence agency, he said that they had not yet found such evidence, but trying to know that.