Dhaka, May 16: A senior chief of the hardline Jamaat-e-Islami group has been arrested in Bangladesh for allegedly instigating violence in March during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s go to to the nation, police mentioned on Sunday.
Shahjahan Chowdhury, who can also be a former lawmaker, was arrested from Chatttogram”s Hathazari space on Saturday and was later despatched on three-day police remand by Senior Judicial Magistrate Shahriar Iqbal of the Chittagong Court.
“Police yesterday (Saturday) arrested Jamaat chief and ex-MP Shahjahan Chowdhury in (southeastern) Chatttogram discovering his hyperlinks to the mayhem and obtained the courtroom order to interrogate him within the custody,” a police spokesman mentioned.
He mentioned Chowdhury, who was elected to parliament during the earlier Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led four-party alliance with Jamaat being its essential companion, was charged with instigating the violence unleashed by radical outfit Hefazat-e-Islam on March 26 during Prime Minister Modi”s go to to Bangladesh.
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“We have proof of Shahjahan’s involvement with the violence and vandalism carried out by Hefazat males on March 26 and 27 during the protests towards Indian Prime Minister Modi”s go to. He was arrested within the instances filed with the Hathazari police station,” the Chittagong district police chief was quoted as saying by the Dhaka Tribune.
On March 26, a minimum of 4 individuals had been killed and several other others had been injured in clashes amongst Hefazat supporters, police, and ruling celebration activists in Chittagong.
Modi was in Dhaka then on a two-day go to to affix the celebrations of the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence and the delivery centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Hefazat activists had been concerned in widespread violence and vandalism in Hathazari round Modi’s go to, together with an assault on the native police station. Members of the Qawmi madrasa-based radical organisation had been additionally concerned in acts of vandalism and arson of the federal government workplaces.
Over the previous few weeks, Bangladesh has arrested dozens of leaders belonging to the Hefazat outfit. On March 30, police filed a complete of six instances over the violence, accusing a number of thousand unnamed suspects.
Chowdhury is a former chief of the Chattogram Metropolitan department of Jamaat and a member of the group’s Central Majlish-e-Shura. He was elected a member of parliament from the Satkania-Lohagara seat during the BNP-Jamaat alliance authorities.
The Jamaat chief has been accused in almost 20 instances associated to violence at completely different instances. He was beforehand arrested in 2018 for ‘instigation’ during the scholar street protest motion, bdnews24.com reported.