Like the previous style of arson attack and vandalism, leaders of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-islami and its student wing ‘Islami Chhatra Shibir’ are now reportedly trying to reorganise the party to create unrest in the country.
Intelligence sources said being influenced by the recent rise of Taliban militants in Afghanistan, Jamaat leaders and activists linked with other religious fanatics are also hatching conspiracy to grab the state power.
As part of it, they have already selected some private educational institutes, including private universities, for secret meetings. With a view to averting eyes of the law enforcers, they targeted the holy campus, police and intelligence branches said.
After getting such information, members of different law enforcement agencies and intelligence branches are now keeping close watch on their suspicious movement.
On Monday, law enforcers arrested Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Mia Golam Parwar and eight other party leaders in Dhaka.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Shafiqul Islam said the arrestees included two assistant secretaries general of the war crimes-tainted political outfit.
The arrested assistant secretaries general are Rafiqul Islam Khan and Hamidur Rahman Azad, said a member of Jamaat’s Majlish-e-Shura council.
The DMP commissioner said the Jamaat leaders were meeting secretly. “The pieces of evidence collected from them initially point to their anti-state activities.”
Parwar, a former MP, was made secretary general of the party in 2020 with Shafiqur Rahman as its Amir or chief.
Recently, police also arrested 19 Jamaat leaders and activists from Adurpara area in Chittagong.
Police said they were planning to carry out destructive activities at important places or government institutions. Acting on a tip-off, police conducted a raid and detained the Jamaat leaders during a secret meeting.
According to police sources, they were planning to carry out destructive activities at important places or government institutions.
The detainees include Jamaat's Chandgaon Thana North unit President Abul Hasan Md Yasin, Secretary Rafiq Uddin and Assistant Baitulmal Secretary Iskander.
Organisational documents and books published by Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir were recovered during the raid.
In 2013, a total of 492 people, including 15 policemen, were killed in 419 major incidents of political violence across the country throughout the year.
On February 28, at least 40 persons, including 12 policemen, were killed and more than 2,000 people were also injured as Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir went on the rampage, in the name of movement, immediately after ICT verdict that sentenced Jamaat leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee to death penalty on charges of war crimes he had committed in 1971.
Of them, seven Jamaat-Shibir men were killed in Rangapur district. Four policemen and two cadres were killed in Gaibandha district. Four cadres and one civilian were killed in Satkhira district. Four civilians were killed in Thakurgaon district. Three civilians and one policeman were killed in Chattogram district. Two cadres were killed in Sirajganj district. Two civilians were killed each in Cox’s Bazar, Chapainawabganj and Noakhali districts. One cadre was each in Dinajpur and Rajshahi districts. One civilian was killed each in Dhaka, Moulvibazar, Natore and Bogura districts.