Hifazat-e-Islam staged a protest procession at Baitul Mukarram on March 26 on the occasion of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh to mark the golden jubilee of independence and the birth centenary of Bangabandhu. Hefazat protesters clashed with police and government leaders there. When the news spread, Hifazat supporters and Madrasa students staged protest rallies in Chittagong’s Hathazari and Brahmanbaria. A total of five people were killed in the clashes.
Hefazat then staged nationwide protests on Saturday (March 26). Hefazat-e-Islam observed a morning-evening hartal across the country on Sunday (March 26). During the strike, there were chases, vandalism, clashes and road blockades in several districts including the capital Dhaka, Narayanganj, Munshiganj and Brahmanbaria. Many people including journalists and police were injured.
Multiple cases were also filed in these incidents. Detective Branch (DB) police have already investigated several cases. According to the DMP’s Intelligence (DB) Division, CCTV camera footage, video footage, footage and pictures of various television channels show evidence of involvement of Hefazat-e-Islam and other terrorist groups.
Mahbub Alam, joint commissioner of the Dhaka Metropolitan Intelligence Department, told reporters at his office on Minto Road on Monday (March 29th) that the violence across the country, including Dhaka-Brahmanbaria, on the golden jubilee of independence did not belong to any particular party. We suspect that another terrorist group or evil force has joined the violence by keeping a gun to Hefazat-e-Islam. In some cases, we also find evidence of evil.
He said that in this case, many people have tried to destroy the harmony of the country by using digital platforms. Identifying them. They will also be brought under the law.
The Joint Commissioner of DB said that the DB is investigating some of these cases, while the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the DMP is looking into some of them. We are trying to identify the accused by watching CCTV and television footage. No one will be exempted if they are involved in law and order deterioration.
Earlier, on May 5, 2013, six cases were filed in five districts, including Dhaka, in connection with the violence against Hefazat-e-Islam. The investigation officials have not yet submitted the investigation report of any of those cases. Asked about the progress of the cases, Joint Commissioner Mahbub Alam said the investigation into the case was underway. The investigation was adjourned for some time awaiting some evidence. We have sorted them out, they will be disposed of soon.
Bangladesh time: 2125 hours, March 29, 2021
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