The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has arrested Maulana Ataullah Amin, Central Assistant Secretary General of Hefazat-e-Islam and Joint Secretary General of Bangladesh Khilafah Majlis. He was arrested from Mohammadpur Jamia Rahmania Arabia Madrasa in the capital around 12:30 pm on Tuesday (April 20). RAB intelligence director Lt. Colonel Khairul Islam confirmed the matter to media, saying Ataullah Amin would be handed over to police on Wednesday (April 21st). However, the RAB official did not say in which case the Hefazat leader was arrested.
According to law enforcement sources, there is a 2013 case against Hefazat leader Ataullah Amin.
Confirming the arrest of Maulana Ataullah Amin, Maulana Zakaria Noman Faizi, Central Publicity Secretary of Hifazat, said, “Maulana Ataullah Amin was taken away late at night with the identity of DB. He has been staying at Jamia Rahmania Madrasa for the last two weeks.
The law enforcement agencies have arrested at least 10 central leaders of Hefazat in different cases. Earlier on Tuesday, Dhaka Metropolitan Detective Police (DB) arrested Maulana Korban Ali Qasemi, vice-president of Hefazat.
Earlier, Maulana Mamunul Haque, a well-known and criticized joint secretary general of Hefazat-e-Islam, was arrested in a case of Mohammadpur police station.
It is to be noted that the law enforcement forces arrested two leaders including Ataullah Amin the day after the top leaders of Hefazat met with the Home Minister as part of an attempt to reach a compromise with the government.
An international webinar organized by the Committee for the Elimination of Killer Brokers of 1971 has demanded the immediate arrest of top leaders of Hefazat, including Mamunul-Babungari, on charges of sedition and terrorism for allegedly trying to push the country towards civil war. The topic of this webinar held at 3 pm today was ‘Anti-Bangladesh activities of Jamaat-e-Hifazat clique: what the government and civil society should do’.
The chief guest was the Minister of Liberation War Affairs Muktijoddha A. A. M. Mozammel Haque. President of Nirmul Committee, writer and journalist Shahriar Kabir presided over the webinar. Workers Party of Bangladesh President Rashed Khan Menon, Jasdar President Hasanul Haque Inu, Fiction Professor Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, Nirmul Committee General Secretary Kazi Mukul and others took part in the webinar.
In his introductory speech, Shahriar Kabir reiterated his demand for immediate ban on radical terrorist politics of Jamaat-e-Islami as well as Hefazat-e-Islam. Hefazat’s 13-point Jamaat is the old demand. ‘
“Even though the administration has arrested Hefazat activists in the field, it is beyond our comprehension why the godfathers of fundamentalist terrorism like Mamunul and Babungari are not being arrested so far,” he said. Any compromise with a militant terrorist organization like Hefazat will not only be suicidal for the ruling party – it will ultimately push Bangladesh towards civil war. By creating a situation of civil war in Bangladesh, they want to give an opportunity for US and Western intervention in South Asia.
A. A. M. Mozammel Haque said, “Islam in Hifazat wants to seize state power by using Islam in the same vein as Jamaat. It is very clear in the violence and activities of Hifazat on the golden jubilee.” They have tried to sabotage the golden jubilee because independence does not mean it. ‘
Rashed Khan Menon said, ‘Most of the current committee of Hifazat is involved in Jamaat politics. The anti-Modi protests were basically a plot to sabotage Bangladesh’s golden jubilee. Their goal is to bring about a Taliban coup in Bangladesh. In the future, they are trying to bring all the Islamic parties together in an anti-government movement and push Bangladesh towards civil war.
Fiction writer Professor Muhammad Zafar Iqbal said, ‘If Hifazat is a political party, then why are we recruiting children in madrassas and making them members? Due to poverty, parents send their tender-hearted children to madrassas. We are not building educational institutions and hostels for the children of poor parents. We have to keep these issues in our future course of action. We do not evaluate the Bauls but evaluate the custody. The Bauls of Bangladesh have to spread the song of harmony and their ideals to the people. ‘