So far, a total seven cases have been filed over the April 3 riots
Another case has been filed over the violence, vandalism, and theft following the confinement of Hefazat-e-Islam leader Mamunul Haque with a woman at a resort in Narayanganj.
So far, a total seven cases have been filed over the April 3 riots. Mamunul has been named among the accused in three of them.
A local named Johra Begum filed the case against 100 named accused with Sonargaon police station on Saturday, confirmed Officer-in-Charge (OC) Hafizur Rahman on Sunday.
Johra is a tenant of Sonargaon upazila unit Awami Jubo League President Rafiqul Islam Nannu, who on Friday filed one of the other cases against Mamunul and 180 others.
Following the fresh case, police from Saturday to Sunday conducted multiple drives in different areas of Sonargaon and Rupganj upazilas and arrested 10 Hefazat leaders and activists, including Mufti Lokman Hossain Amini.
“All of them have been sent to jail,” OC Hafizur added.
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The arrestees have been identified as, Mufti Lokman Hossain Amini, 45, Md Mintu, 28, Nabir Hossain, 32, Kabir Hossain, 45, Maulana Habibur Rahman, 34, Amjad Hossain, 55, Jobayer Ahmed, 21, Md Sohag, 21, Shahidul Islam, 31, and Md Hasan, 35.
On April 3, a mob of people found and surrounded Hefazat Joint Secretary General Mamunul Haque and a woman he claimed to be his wife at Royal Resort in Sonargaon. Local administration and police went to the resort on hearing about the incident.
Police said at the time Mamunul was not being detained or arrested and that they were trying to find out what happened.
Later on, stick-wielding Hefazat supporters attacked and vandalized the resort before snatching Mamunul away from the police.
They also blocked the Dhaka-Chittagong highway, vandalized and torched vehicles in protest of what they said was harassment of the Islamist leader. At the same time, Hefazat activists attacked and vandalized the local Awami League office .
On April 4, Hefazat Dhaka Metropolitan 10 unit Joint General Secretary Foisal Mahmud along with other leaders filed a written complaint with Sonargaon police station, accusing Jubo League and Chhatra League men of attacking Mamunul.
On the same night, Hefazat activists vandalized the houses of Jubo League leader Rafiqul Islam and former Chhatra League leader Shohag Rony.
Shortly after the incident, the then-OC of Sonargaon police station was withdrawn and an additional superintendent of police was transferred.
Hefazat supporters also beat the Narayanganj correspondent of SA Television, Habibur Rahman, at his house in Sonargaon on April 5.
Sonargaon police then initiated two cases with Mamunul as the prime accused on charges of attacking police, vandalism, arson, and obstruction of police duty while the journalist lodged another case over the assault on him and vandalism.
As many as 100 people have been sued along with 570 to 680 unnamed others in the three cases.