Hefazat-e-Islam has warned to take strict action if Rafiqul Islam Madani is not released soon.
Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh Netrokona branch issued the warning at a press conference at Moktarpara area of Netrokona town around 3:30 pm today in protest of the arrest of Rafiqul Islam Madani.
Rafiqul Islam Madani, 28, was arrested from Letirkanda in Purbadhala upazila of Netrokona on Tuesday night.
Netrokona Superintendent of Police (SP) Akbar Ali Munshi said the arrested Rafiqul is currently in RAB custody. He said he did not know why he had been detained.
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 in Letirkander of Netrokona Purbadhala upazila on Wednesday morning.
Commander Khandaker Al Moin, director of the RAB’s law and media wing, confirmed the matter and 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.
Sources close to the investigation say that in a recent speech, Rafiqul Islam said, “I believe the president, 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.
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.
Hefazat-e-Islam’s organizing secretary Azizul Haque has demanded the release of Rafiqul Islam after his arrest. The statement said Rafiqul Islam, through his Waz, called on the common man to “wake up against injustice, oppression and tyranny” in the name of “love for the country”.
The statement demanded the release of Rafiqul Islam, alleging that he was not brought under the law following the country’s customary law.