8yrs of Hefazat mayhem today...

Dhaka, Wednesday   23 June 2021

8yrs of Hefazat mayhem today

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 12:33 PM, 5 May 2021   Updated: 02:03 PM, 5 May 2021

Rampage of Hefazat leaders and activists in Motijheel; File Photo

Rampage of Hefazat leaders and activists in Motijheel; File Photo

Hefazat-e-Islam carried out massive violence and mayhem on 5 May 2013 at Shapla Chattar in the capital’s Motijheel area. Hefazat’s movement in the name of demanding a trial for “atheist bloggers” was aimed at overthrowing the government and forming a Taliban government in the country. The police have found documentary evidence of BNP-Jamaat involvement in the cases.

The investigation into the cases of Hefazat-e-Islam’s horrific violence at Motijheel Shapla Chattar eight years ago is almost over. Out of 70 cases, 16 have been charged. Police said the rest would be charged soon. 

On this day in 2013, Hefazat-e-Islam announced that it would continue its program till the end, citing a short stay at Shapla Chattar. At the same time, they wreaked havoc in the area.

The leaders and workers of the organization took possession of the entrances in the capital from the dawn of that day. Thousands of students, teachers and cadres of Qawmi Madrasah took position at six entrances around the capital including Gabtali Bus Terminal, Tongi, Kanchpur Bridge.

This caused massive discomfort all over the country. Hundreds of trees were uprooted in the middle of the road, looting and torching booths of various business establishments and banks. Hundreds of bookshops on the sidewalk were also set on fire.

There were clashes with police all day long. At the rally of several thousand Hefazat workers, the leaders created widespread unrest with “provocative speeches”. Massive violence also started in different parts of the country. Their position program came to an end with the operation of the law enforcement agencies.

Recently, Hefazat-e-Islam has been wreaking havoc in several districts of the country, including Dhaka, over the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Since then, law enforcement agencies have been on high alert and new cases filed over the mayhem incidents. With the new cases, the cases of ‘Shapla Chattar’ have also become active.

In these old cases, many Hefazat leaders have been arrested recently and are being questioned on remand. A lot of sensational information is revealing, including attempts to overthrow the government. 

Prosecutors also accused Hefazat of carrying out bombings and violence that day. Hefazat leader Junaid Babunagari’s statement “under section 164 in the 2013 case” is being investigated seriously, police said.

About this, Paltan Police Station OC Abu Bakar Siddiqui said the accused in the 2013’s old cases have been arrested in the new case of violence, arson. Investigating officers are also arresting and remanding them in their old cases.

Out of 53 cases in the capital, 3 cases were lodged in Ramna, 4 in Shahbagh, 2 in Kalabagan, 1 in Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, 6 in Motijheel, 33 in Paltan, 1 in Rampura and 3 lodged in Jatrabari Police Station. 

Thousands of people, including more than 50 central leaders of Hefazat, were accused in the case. Of these, charges have been filed in 1 case of Ramna, 1 case of Shahbagh and 2 cases of Kalabagan police station.

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