Dhaka::Police arrested a central leader of Hefazat-e-Islam on Tuesday, eight years after he was sued in a case filed over the violence at different spots of the capital on 5 May, 2013.
The Detective Branch (DB) of police apprehended Mufti Sharif Ullah, the assistant publicity secretary of the Islamist party, from the capital’s Mir Hajirbagh area in the evening.
Azharul Islam, additional deputy commissioner of DB police (Wari Division), confirmed the information to The Business Standard.
Mufti Sharifullah was accused in a case filed under the Special Powers Act with the Jatrabari Police Station on 6 May of the year. Since then, he had been at large.
On 5 May of 2013, thousands of Hefazat activists thronged to the Dhaka thoroughfares and held a demonstration at the Shapla Chattar of Motijheel.
At different spots, they clashed with the members of law enforcement agencies and carried out extensive vandalism across the city.
Police detained Bashir Ullah, general secretary of Hefajat-e-Islam of Narayanganj district unit, last night in connection with violence in Narayanganj during the March 28 hartal enforced by the outfit.
Bashir was detained from an under-construction building in Sanarpar London Market area of Narayanganj Sadar upazila last night, said Mashiur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Siddhirganj Police Station.
“Bashir Ullah led the March 28 hartal called by Hefajat. But he is not included in any case out of the six filed over violence during the hartal in Narayanganj. Details will be given later,” said the OC.
Police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) filed six cases with Siddhirganj Police Station for violence and sabotages on the Dhaka-Chittagong and Dhaka-Sylhet highways during the countrywide hartal called by Hefazat-e-Islam.
Twenty-two people, including BNP and Hefajat men, have been arrested so far in the cases.