Hardline Islamist Hefazt-e-Islam leader arrested in Bangladesh

Mamunul Haq, the Joint Secretary General of the hardline Islamist organisation of Bangladesh Hefazat-e-Islam was arrested on charges of attemt to murder, assault and vandalism realting to a case filed last year. He was arrested at the Jamia Rahmania Arabia Madrasa in the Mohammadpur area of the capital.

Mamunul is also an accused in several other cases including the violent demonstrations on March 26 in Dhaka.

More than 300 people have been arrested till now for their involvement in the cases of arson, vandalism and violence during the period 26-28 March in various towns of Bangladesh.

Hefazat-e-Islam has been accused of large scale violence in several parts of Bangladesh including Brahmanbaria during the protests against the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh last month.

The Chief of the Hefazat-e-Islam Junayed Babunagari in a video message demanded unconditional release of all the religious leaders of the organisation including Mamunul Haque and the party’s Organising Secretary Azizul Haque Islamabadi

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