A new five-member convening committee has been announced with Hefazat-e-Islam convener Amir Junaid Babungari. The other four members of the convening committee are Mahibullah Babungari, Nurul Islam Jihadi, Salauddin Nanupuri and Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury.
Within three and a half hours of the dissolution of the committee, the new convening committee of the three-member Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh was announced on Sunday at half past midnight. It was later reported at around 4 am that Salauddin Nanupuri and Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury have been made members of the convening committee.
Mahibullah Babungari was the chief adviser to the previous committee and Nurul Islam was the secretary general. Mahibbullah Babungari is the uncle of Junaid Babungari.
Confirming the announcement of the convening committee, Hefazat leader Ahsan Ullah told Prothom Alo that the names of a few more members of the convening committee will be announced on Monday. The convening committee will form new committees across the country through the council.
Meanwhile, Junaid Babungari announced the dissolution of the Hefazat-e-Islam committee in a video message around 11pm on Sunday. At that time, he said, the committee was declared dissolved due to the current situation in the country.
After the announcement, Moinuddin Ruhi, joint secretary general of the previous committee of Hifazat-e-Islam (pro-Ahmad Shafi), said they would announce the convening committee soon. Controversial ones will be excluded there. Convening Babungari, he said about the new committee, they will decide on this matter. It did not committee.
On November 15 last year, a 151-member Hefazat committee was announced with Junaid Babungari as emir. No followers of Anas Madani, son of Amir Ahmad Shafi, the founder of Hefazat, were kept there. Since then, they have been declaring this committee illegal and announcing the formation of a new committee.
The convening committee of Hefazat within 3 and a half hours of the dissolution of the committee
In a press release on Sunday afternoon, Al-Hayatul Ulaya Lil-Jami’atil Qaumiya Bangladesh announced that the students and teachers of Qaumi Madrasa will be free from all forms of politics. Under Al-Hayatul, the highest level of Qawmi Madrasa, Daura, examines Hadith. The decision was taken at a meeting of the standing committee of Al-Hayatul at a madrassa in Jatrabari to keep students and teachers out of politics. It was also decided that a three-member delegation would go to the Home Minister and inform him of the decision.
Hefazat leaders and activists have been arrested in the wake of violent protests against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh last month. At least 69 cases have been registered against Hefazat leaders and activists in different districts of the country over the incidents of protests and violence. More than 69,000 people have been accused in these cases.
Hefazat leaders, activists and supporters are being arrested in different parts of the country including Dhaka every day in these cases. As of Sunday, 19 central and important leaders of the organization have been arrested. In this situation, Babungari announced the dissolution of the committee of the Qawmi Madrasa-centric organization.
Hefazat-e-Islam came to the discussion on May 5, 2013 by protesting against the Ganajagaran Mancha at Shapla Chattar in Motijheel, Dhaka. A few months ago, the organization came out against the installation of a sculpture of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Then last month, when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to attend Bangabandhu’s birth centenary and Independence Day celebrations, they opposed his visit.
Violence erupted in different parts of the country on March 26-27 in protest of Modi’s visit. At that time, 18 people were killed in clashes and violence. Massive vandalism and arson were carried out at various government establishments in Brahmanbaria. Vandalism and arson were carried out in other parts of the country including Hathazari in Chittagong.
Hefazat’s joint secretary general Mamunul Haque was besieged along with his second wife at a resort in Sonargaon, Narayanganj on April 3. Hefazat leaders and activists attacked and snatched Mamunul. Since then, the activities of the law enforcement agencies against the custody have become visible. On April 11, police arrested Azizul Haque Islamabadi, the central organizing secretary of Hefazat. Mamunul Haque was arrested on April 18 following the arrest of Hefazat leaders and activists.