DB men arrested Shakhawat and the two others from Dhaka’s Lalbagh area on Wednesday evening
A Dhaka court on Thursday placed three leaders of Hefazat-e-Islam, including its central Assistant Secretary General Mufti Sakhawat Hossain Raji, on a five-day remand each in a case over the mayhem in Dhaka’s Motijheel eight years ago.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Morshed Al Mamun Bhuiyan passed the order after Inspector Harun-Or-Rashid of Detective Branch (DB) of police produced the three before the court seeking a 10-day remand for each for interrogation.
The other Hefazat leaders are, Assistant Secretary General of Hefazat Maulana Monjurul Islam Afendi and activist Mufti Fakhrul Islam.
DB men arrested Hefajat leader Shakhawat and the two others from Dhaka’s Lalbagh area on Wednesday evening.
On May 5, 2013, following a massive rally, Hefazat men clashed with law enforcers and Awami League activists, turning that part of the capital city into a warzone. They looted shops and torched police outposts, multiple vehicles, and hundreds of shops.
Hefazat had claimed that 2,000 of its leaders and activists were killed in the clashes, but the government's official death toll stood at 13, including three policemen.
Following the rampage, more than 50 cases were filed at Paltan and Motijheel police stations on charges of murder and violence against hundreds of people, including Hefazat’s then secretary general Junaid Babunagari.