It has been alleged that a leader of Dhaka University Chhatra League was harassed by the mob in the presence of the police for posting about Hefazat Islam on Facebook. The incident took place at Jayshree Bazar in Jayshree Union of Dharmapasha Upazila in Sunamganj on Tuesday afternoon. Chhatra League leader’s name is Afzal Khan (24). He is the Deputy International Affairs Secretary of Dhaka University Chhatra League.
Post on Facebook about Hefazat, DU BCL leader arrested and harassed in front of police
Afzal Khan’s house is in Maheshpur village of Jayshree union of Bari upazila. He is a post graduate student of the Department of Social Welfare, Dhaka University.
According to Chhatra League leader, eyewitness and Dharampasha police sources, Chhatra League leader Afzal posted a picture of Hefazat-e-Islam violence on Facebook on March 29 at noon. After three hours he arranged for the status to be seen only by himself (only me). But some local youths took screenshots of it. The BCL leader went to Jayshree Bazar from his village Maheshpur around 5 pm yesterday. Al-Mujahid, 25, son of Abul Hashem Alam, general secretary of the Union Awami League, wants to know why he posted the post with 30 to 40 people of different ages. Afzal then told the people present that he did not make any post mocking Hefazat-e-Islam. However, in the name of the custody movement in protest of the destructive work.
There was a quarrel between Afzal and Mujahideen about this. The crowd continues to grow there. At one stage, Mujahid grabbed the shirt collar of the BCL leader and started pulling. Some of Afzal’s friends and some locals tried to save him. But as there were more people in favor of Mujahideen, they detained Afzal at the party office of Union Awami League in Jayshree Bazar. More than three hundred people took up position around the party office.
Sub-Inspector (SI) of Dharmapasha Police Station Zahirul Islam and Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Anwar Hossain went to the spot. They went to the spot and tried to control the heated situation by calming down the people gathered against Chhatra League leader Afzal. Officer-in-charge (OC) of Dharmapasha Police Station Mohammad Delwar Hossain arrived there at around 7.15 pm.
According to BCL leader Afzal Khan, he was handcuffed on the orders of the OC. Dharmapasha police forced the people present to apologize. He was then taken to Dharmapasha police station. After getting his detailed identity, the police released the handcuffs in the middle. He spoke to the police superintendent of Sunamganj on his mobile phone at around 8.30 pm. He was released from the police station after writing the details of the whole incident on a white paper and signing it. The leader said, ‘The police of Dharampasha police station unjustly forced me to apologize. I will take legal action in this case. ‘
Asked about the allegations, al-Mujahid claimed, “I wanted to know the explanation for giving status to Hefazat-e-Islam by mocking it.” The BCL leader then made offensive remarks about Islam. The locals kept him in the party office after informing the police about the incident as he had given status to Hefazat and made comments about his religion. Nothing more happened than that. ‘
Dharmapasha police station SI Zahirul Islam and SSI Anwar Hossain were withdrawn and attached to the Sunamganj police line. SI Zahirul Islam said, “I and ASI Anwar did not handcuff the leader. An ASI in civilian clothes put on the handcuffs on the instructions of OC Sir. ‘
Dharampasha Police Station OC Mohammad Delwar Hossain told Prothom Alo on Wednesday morning, “After the incident, SI Zahirul Islam and ASI Anwar Hossain have been attached to the Sunamganj police line on the instructions of higher authorities.” I calmed down the situation and rescued the BCL leader from there. The leader was released from the police station in the presence of local BCL, Juba League and Awami League leaders. However, the OC claimed that the BCL leader was not handcuffed.