News Desk, Dhaka::
Radical Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam has announced a new central committee, dropping its former Joint Secretary General Mamunul Haque and Organising Secretary Azizul Hoque Islamabadi from the 33-member body.
However, Junaid Babunagari will continue to serve as the chief (Amir) of the group with Nurul Islam Jihadi as the secretary-general.
The new committee was announced on Monday by Jihadi from his office at the Al Jamiatul Islamia Makhzanul Uloom madrasa in Dhaka’s Khilgaon.
Amid controversies and criticisms, Babunagari dissolved the central committee of the Qawmi madrasa-based Islamist group on the night of April 25.
Hours later, a convening committee was announced with Babunagari, his uncle Muhibullah Babunagri and cousin Nurul Islam as the chief advisors.
Several top Hefazat leaders, including Mamunul Haque, have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the countrywide violence that claimed at least 17 lives during violent protests against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bangladesh visit in March.
Two cases were filed against Junayed Babungari in connection with his alleged involvement in the violence in Chittagong’s Hathazari.
Top leaders of the group have met with the home minister, and demanded the release of its leaders and withdrawal of the cases.
Last month, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) launched an investigation into more than 50 leaders of Hefazat, including Babungari and Mamunul, on charges of embezzlement and corruption.