Hefazat-e-Islam is in dire straits due to the government’s crackdown on violence against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit. Several top Hefazat leaders have already been arrested in cases filed on various charges, including anti-state provocation and arrogant rhetoric and violence. Among them are at least 32 central leaders. Besides, more than 50 leaders and activists have been arrested from different parts of the country. Leaders who are still out of reach are fleeing in fear of arrest.
Hefazat’s heavyweight leaders arrested recently by the detective police include Maulana Mamunul Haque, Azizul Haque Islamabadi, Ilyas Hamidi, Wasek Billah Nomani, Lokman Hossain Amini, Shakhawat Hossain Razi, Manjurul Islam Afendi, Mufti Bashir Ullah, Mufti Bashir Ullah. And Junaid al-Habib. Detectives said that these leaders were the main controllers of the custody.
Babungari will be arrested?
The arrest of one central leader after another has raised questions, but will Hefazat Amir Maulana Junaid Babungari also be arrested or will he be spared in this journey?
According to law enforcement agencies, Junaid Babungari is unlikely to be arrested for the time being. However, he is under surveillance. Babungari has been cornered by the arrest of top leaders. He will be held hostage if more Hefazat leaders are arrested. As a result, the detective police is not thinking about arresting him in that way.
According to another intelligence source, a list of 194 Hefazat leaders has been compiled on charges of inciting anti-state activities. Junaid Babungari is at the top of the list. However, members of other law enforcement agencies, including the detective police, are insisting on arresting the rest while keeping him under surveillance.
The source further said that there is not enough evidence to arrest Junaid Babungari yet. However, the search continues.
Another intelligence source said that Junaid Babungari was the accused in the case filed in custody in 2013. He is also being charged in recent cases. But investigators have not yet been able to gather any strong evidence of the allegations against him.
A senior official of the Dhaka Metropolitan Detective Police, who did not want to be identified, said that the recent arrests of leaders, including Hefazat’s Mamunul Haque, did not provide clear evidence of Babungari’s involvement in anti-state activities. However, the detective police is continuing the investigation.
He added that many of the Hefazat leaders who have been arrested and who are considered to be pro-Babungari did not obey the command of Babungari. Especially Mamunul Haque always ignored the decision of Babungari. He has also made this clear in his recent statement. At the same time, it is not clear from the statements of those who have been arrested that Babungari gave any instruction or incitement to sabotage.
Dhaka Metropolitan Detective Police (DB) Joint Commissioner Mahbub Alam said there was also a case against Junaid Babungari. We are continuing our investigation against him. If the investigation finds evidence of sabotage or anti-state activities, he must also be arrested. He is not out of our sight.
Hefazat’s top command has collapsed
Relevant sources of Hefazat say that the leaders and workers of the organization have fallen into disarray as they could not reach an agreement with the government despite several attempts. Workers are also fleeing from the top leader in fear of arrest. Most of the Hifazat leaders do not stay at home at night but stay at various mosques-madrasas or relatives’ houses. Even without the various apps to communicate through the internet, no one is talking to anyone.
A Hefazat leader, who did not want to be named, said: “They never imagined the government would be in such a tough position. Now the top command of the team is completely broken. Everyone is busy trying to avoid arrest. At the moment you do not have the courage to give any program. The announced lockdown due to the month of Ramadan and the Corona epidemic has also put them in danger.