Hefazat-e-Islam carried out massive violence on March 26 and 27 in different parts of the country, including the capital. As many as 43 cases have been registered in 9 districts including Dhaka till Wednesday.
Of these, 11 cases have been registered in Dhaka metropolitan area, 6 in Chittagong district including Hathazari, 6 in Brahmanbaria, 6 in Narayanganj, 2 in Faridpur, 2 in Bhola, 2 in Habiganj, 3 in Kishoreganj and 1 in Moulvibazar district. Meanwhile, Hefazat-e-Islam laid siege to Dhaka on May 5, 2013 demanding 13 points and carried out massive violence at Shapla Chattar in Motijheel. The next day, violence broke out in different parts of the country including Sanarpar in Siddhirganj of Narayanganj. At that time there were 6 cases in this incident. These 6 cases have also been re-investigated. They have been directed to bring them under the law with a chargesheet against those involved.
Hefazat-e-Islam has been wreaking havoc across the country, including in Dhaka-Brahmanbaria, in the last few days in the name of protesting against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh. They attacked the police station and set fire to public and private establishments. Attacked various religious institutions. In the name of strike, Hefazat workers carried out destruction all over Brahmanbaria. At one stage they set fire to the music hall of Ustad Alauddin Khan. Besides, they carried out riots in different parts of the country including Dhaka. The members of the intelligence agency have found evidence of involvement and involvement of leaders and activists of various political parties including Jamaat-Shibir in their violence.
Officials of several intelligence agencies said that the phone conversations and money transactions of leaders and activists of some political parties and officials of foreign intelligence agencies with Hefazat have been caught in their network. They will be brought under the law. Those involved in the violence will no longer be exempted. The state is not so weak that anyone can do anything. These will not be allowed to happen. Hefazat-e-Islam leaders and activists across the country have called for a strike and action will be taken against their instigators, said the Inspector General of Police (IGP). Benazir Ahmed. He said, ‘Hefazat activists attacked Hathazari police station and post bungalow. The land office burns down. Those who attacked and sabotaged have been prosecuted. Action will also be taken against their instructors, ”he said while visiting the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka Cantonment on Wednesday afternoon to see the police personnel seriously injured in the custody attacks in Chittagong and Brahmanbaria.
Chittagong Range DIG Anwar Hossain said more cases were being prepared in Chittagong and Brahmanbaria. No one will be exempted. All those involved in the violence must be brought under the law.
According to sources, Hefazat has been nurtured in various ways by various organizations and leaders for the last eight years. Hefazat has taken all the facilities from the government. However, their secret motives have recently been shown through violence. It has made it clear to everyone that custody has not changed since then. During the BNP-Jamaat coalition government, Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) was similarly maintained by a number of organizations and leaders. At the time, US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas said, “The extremists, led by Shayk Abdur Rahman and Bangla Bhai, have come together and are killing and torturing innocent people in the name of killing the proletariat.”
Some BNP leaders also became associated with this group. At that time, some top leaders of the BNP said, ‘There is no such thing as Bengali brother, English brother in the country.’ Shortly afterwards, the JMB made its debut by detonating a series of bombs in 63 districts at the same time. Following this, they attacked various important government installations including courts. Fifty people, including two judges, were killed. Thousands were injured. Similarly, Hefazat has to pay compensation for its upbringing. However, the government has taken a tough stance to control the custody violence.
According to the Chittagong office, seven cases have been registered against two and a half thousand leaders and activists of Hifazat-e-Islam for attacking, vandalizing and setting fire to police stations and various government installations in Chittagong’s Hathazari and Patia police stations. Of these, six cases have been registered in Hathazari police station and one in Patia police station. Chittagong District Superintendent of Police SM Rashidul Haque confirmed the information to Ittefaq on Wednesday. He said police had registered four cases of assault and clashes at Hathazari police station. Besides, two cases have been filed by the land office in connection with vandalism and arson in the upazila and union land offices. A case of vandalism has been registered at Patia police station. There are 500 to 1,500 accused in each case. We have not arrested anyone yet. The investigation of the case has started. Necessary action will be taken by identifying those involved.
The Brahmanbaria correspondent said eight cases had been registered till Tuesday in connection with the Hefazat violence in Brahmanbaria. The accused in these cases are more than eight and a half thousand. However, there is no name of any leader or activist responsible for Hefazat-e-Islam. All the accused in the case have been mentioned as unknown miscreants. Police have arrested 21 people in connection with the riots in different parts of the district till Wednesday morning.