Police arrest two more Hifazat leaders on 2013 violence charges

  • Senior Correspondent, bdnews24.com
    Published: 2021-04-21 21:14:03 BdST

Maulana Khurshid Alam Quasemi and Mufti Sharafat Hossain

The Detective Branch of police have arrested two more top leaders of radical group Hifazat-e Islam in Dhaka.

They are Maulana Khurshid Alam Quasemi, assistant secretary general of Hifazat and Nayeb-e-Amir of Khelafat Majlish, and Mufti Sharafat Hossain, a leader of Hifazat’s Dhaka Metropolitan Unit and joint general secretary of Khelfat Majlish.

Iftekhairul Islam, a spokesman for Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said a DB team from Wari arrested Quasemi in Mohammadpur and another from Gulshan arrested Sharafat in Mirpur’s Senpara in simultaneous drives on Wednesday afternoon.

The police made the arrests of the two Hifazat leaders after getting evidence of their involvement in the mayhem the group conducted in Motijheel in 2013, said Iftekhairul.

Early in the morning on Wednesday, the Rapid Action Battalion arrested Maulana Ataullah Amin, assistant secretary general of Hifazat’s central committee and publicity secretary of its Dhaka Metropolitan Unit, in Mohammadpur.

The latest arrests of the Islamist organisation’s leaders have come after a meeting between top Hifazat leaders and Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Wednesday night.

Following the detention of their Joint Secretary General Mamunul Haque on Apr 18, the Hifazat leaders demanded an end to a spree of arrests of their leaders mostly on charges related to the violence in 2013.

Recently, Hifazat workers unleashed deadly violence in protest against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh over his government’s policy towards minority Muslims.

On Tuesday night, the police arrested Qurban Ali, a vice-president of Hifazat’s Dhaka Metropolitan Unit and joint secretary general of the Khelafat Majlish.

Mamunul is the acting secretary general of the Khelafat Majlish, a political party. Known for his hate speech against the government, he also heads the party’s youth wing Jubo Khelafat Majlish.