May 8, 2021


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Political motives behind Hefazat violence: Home Minister

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said that according to the constitution of Hefazat-e-Islam, they should be ‘above politics’. But the organization has carried out the recent violence without following the constitution. Behind this was their ‘political will’. Investigators now know who funded these activities through a bank account.

He said this in response to a question from reporters at the government residence in Dhanmondi on Wednesday.

The Home Minister said that their constitution clearly states that they cannot participate in any political program. Politics will always be above. But they have always been involved in various tactics from within the political fence. Occasionally there are identified militants, identified terrorists, who are always involved in creating an unstable situation in the state. This is not desirable.

Asked about the financiers of Hefazat-e-Islam, the Home Minister said the intelligence agencies were working on the issue. Some elements have already been found. An investigation is underway into where and how the money came from. Some further investigation will then be announced. In March, students of pro-Hifazat-e-Islam madrassas staged riots in different parts of the country, including Dhaka, in protest of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh. Clashes with police in Chittagong and Brahmanbaria also resulted in deaths.

The Home Minister said that enough land has been vandalized, land office and Aceland office have been burnt down. DC’s Bengal has been attacked, police outposts have been set on fire. The security forces were able to handle the situation. Whether something can be done through custody – the same thing happened in Shapla Chattar in the past. Investigations have so far found that he had the foresight to do just that.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said that if there is any crime in the death of college student Mosarat Jahan Munia, he will have to face trial. He said this in response to a question from reporters at his residence in Dhanmondi on Wednesday afternoon.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said, ‘The law will run according to the law. Whoever is a criminal, he has to face the law, he has to face justice. ‘ “As the matter is under investigation, details will be revealed once it is over,” he said.

Police recovered the body of Mosarat Jahan Munia from a flat in Gulshan on Monday night.

Her sister Nusrat Jahan Tania has filed a case with Gulshan Police Station alleging ‘incitement to suicide’. Bashundhara Group Managing Director (MD) Sayem Sobhan Anvir has been made the sole accused in the case. The court on Tuesday banned Anvir from leaving the country following a police appeal. According to relatives and police, Munia lived in a flat in Gulshan for two months. The monthly rent was one lakh rupees and the service charge was another 11,000 rupees.

Sudip Kumar Chakraborty, deputy commissioner of the Gulshan division of the police, told Samakal that two mobile phones, two photo frames, CCTV footage and six diaries were seized from Munia as evidence after the body was recovered. He further said that many things would be clear if the autopsy report and other evidence test reports were found.

Zafar Hossain, deputy commissioner of the prosecution department of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said the investigating officer in the case of incitement to suicide had applied for a restraining order on the departure of accused Sayem Sobhan Anvir. The court granted the application.