Another case has been filed by a local journalist again Hefazat activists beating him up for reporting on the incident
Police have lodged two cases against Hefajat-e-Islam Joint Secretary General Mamunul Haque and 700 others over vandalism and assault on police in Narayanganj.
The cases were filed with Sonargaon police station on Wednesday, confirmed OC Hafizur Rahman to Dhaka Tribune.
Police have so far arrested a man named Mostafa on Tuesday night in this connection, he said.
According to police sources, Sonargaon police station Sub-Inspector (SI) Yaur Rahman filed a case, against Mamunul Haque as the prime accused along with 41 named and 250-300 unnamed accused, alleging obstruction of justice, assault on police, and vandalism of Royal Resort.
On the other hand, SI Arif Hawlader became the plaintiff in the case – over torching vehicles – against 42 named and 250-300 unnamed accused, naming Mamunul Haque as the prime accused.
Meanwhile, Habibur Rahman, Narayanganj district representative of SA Television, who was injured in the attack by Hefazat-e-Islam activists on Tuesday night, filed a case naming 16 people and accusing 60-70 anonymous persons.
On Saturday, Hefazat-e-Islam activists snatched their Joint Secretary General Mamunul Haque away from a resort in Narayanganj, where he was being kept under police custody on Saturday, after locals found him with a woman, who the Islamist leader claimed to be his wife.
Hundreds of Hefazat supporters ran riot in Sonargaon upazila, vandalizing the Royal Resort and the upazila unit office of the ruling Awami League, before taking their leader to a nearby field where he reportedly ordered the agitated activists to calm down.
The next day, Hefazat’s Joint General Secretary of Dhaka Metropolitan 10 area Mufti Foisal Mahmud along with other Hefazat leaders filed a written complaint accusing Jubo League leader and Chhatra League activists of attacking Hefazat-e-Islam Joint Secretary General Mawlana Mamunul Haque.
On the same night, Hefazat activists vandalized the house of Rafiqul Islam, president of Upazila Jubo League and Sohag Rony, former vice-president of Narayanganj District Chhatra League.
Shortly after the incident, the OC of Sonargaon police station was withdrawn and an additional superintendent of police was transferred.
Hefazat leader Mamunul has recently been making the headlines by his controversial remarks regarding sculptures. He is also accused of threatening the government in the past.
In November last year, he demanded an immediate halt to the installation of a sculpture of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the capital’s Dholaipar.
Hefazat-e-Islam is once again in the spotlight following its involvement in the deadly violence during demonstrations protesting the Indian prime minister’s recent visit to Bangladesh and the mayhem its supporters resorted to across the country during a countrywide shutdown.