RAB has arrested Rafiqul Islam Madani, known as an Islamic speaker, on charges of making anti-state and provocative remarks and taunting top people of the state. He was arrested from his home at Letirkander in Netrokona’s Purbadhala upazila yesterday morning. Commander Khandaker Al Moin, director of the RAB’s law and media branch, said preparations were underway to file a case against him under the Digital Security Act. On the other hand, Hefazat-e-Islam has demanded the unconditional release of Maulana Rafiqul Islam Madani. Earlier on March 25, police arrested Rafiqul Islam Madani in Motijheel area during a procession and vandalism against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Dhaka. However, he was released a few hours later.
Investigative sources said that in a recent speech, Rafiqul Islam said, “The president believes, if he believes in Islam.” The Prime Minister agrees, if he means Islam. He will not accept this Kachu Prime Minister if he goes against Islam. ‘Yet many more provocative statements, including his statement on various social media including YouTube, have provoked reactions inside and outside the government. According to sources, Rafiqul said in the initial interrogation after being arrested by the RAB, “Sir, I was not conscious. I have said because of Jose. Many people say a lot if they are unconscious. ‘However, Rafiqul Islam was anxious to do it again and again in the future. Gazipur Metropolitan Police is preparing to file a case against him at Gachha police station. At the same time, RAB will apply to the Home Ministry to keep the investigation of the case under RAB.
Rafiqul got married two years ago: Last Tuesday, Rafiqul went to see the bride in Rahimganj, Phulpur, Haluaghat, Mymensingh. The bride’s name is Asma Akhter. However, Rafiqul did not like the bride’s parents. It is shocking to learn that Maulana Rafiqul had secretly married Asma Akter, the bride of Haluaghat, at the end of 2019. Asma Akhter is the cousin of his elder brother’s wife Parveen Akhter. Parveen was one of the witnesses of that secret marriage. Rafiqul and Asma’s marriage was not registered. “If necessary, wait 10 years,” he wrote on Facebook Messenger after returning unsuccessfully to visit Asma for the wedding on Tuesday. However, he will officially marry her. ‘It is learned that Rafiqul Islam Madani has five brothers. Rafiqul is the youngest. His father is late Shahabuddin. Madani moved to Dhaka after finishing eighth grade at Jamia Islamia Hussainiya Madrasa in Malni area of Netrokona. While studying there, at the age of 26, he was discussed as a ‘child speaker’.
Rafiqul objects to being called a child speaker: As can be seen in some of his Waz videos on YouTube, Rafiqul protests the addition of ‘child speaker’ to his name and claims to be an adult. He has also claimed that his actual age is 26 in the custody of RAB. Analyzing the pictures and videos he has on Facebook and YouTube, it has been seen that he looks like a young boy because of his voice, body shape and face.
According to our Netrokona correspondent, Bangladesh Hefazat-e-Islam Netrokona district branch and his family held a press conference at Netrokona district press club canteen yesterday afternoon and demanded his release. There, Rafiqul Islam’s elder brother Ramzan Mia said, Rafiqul came home after a religious meeting at Haluaghat in Mymensingh on Tuesday night. When everyone fell asleep at the end of the dinner, some people in the guise of RAB surrounded their house with about 19 vehicles around 2.30 pm. From there, Rafiqul Islam Madani, his elder brother Bakul Mia (38) and his distant nephew Enamul Haque (26) were taken away. Later, Bakul Mia was released at night but they did not know the whereabouts of the other two.
He claimed that six mobile phones used by Rafiqul Islam Madani and six of his family’s mobile phones were confiscated by the law enforcers.
Maulana Abdul Qayyum, member of Bangladesh Hifazat-e-Islam Central Committee and district branch, Rafiqul Islam’s cousin Nazrul Islam, elder brother Ramzan Miah and other leaders of Hifazat-e-Islam were present at the press conference. Hefazat leaders have said that if he is not released soon, strict action will be taken in consultation with the central leaders of Hefazat. Rafiqul Islam is a member of their central committee.
Hefazat-e-Islam protest: Azizul Haque, the organizing secretary of Hefazat-e-Islam, has issued a statement demanding the release of Rafiqul Islam after his arrest. The statement said that Rafiqul Islam, through his Waz, called upon the common people to wake up against injustice, oppression and tyranny in the name of love for the country.
The statement demanded the release of Rafiqul Islam and alleged that he was not brought under the law following the country’s customary law.