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Police: Hefazat chief Babunagari, 42 others responsible for Ahmed Shafi’s death

PBI files investigation report with Chittagong court in case filed by Shafi's brother-in-law

Update : 12 Apr 2021, 07:47 PM

Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) on Monday submitted an investigation report against Hefazat-e-Islam Ameer Junaid Babunagri and 42 others in a case filed over the alleged murder of the group’s former chief Shah Ahmad Shafi.

PBI Chittagong Police Superintendent (SP) Nazmul Hossain said the report was submitted to the Chittagong Judicial Magistrate Court in the afternoon, reports UNB.

Meanwhile, speaking to Dhaka Tribune, PBI Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Banaj Kumar Majumder said: “Now the court will decide the next course of action."

“Evidence suggests that Hefazat chief Junaid Babunagari and their Organizing Secretary Maulana Azizul Haque Islamabadi, among the other accused, were involved in the murder of Shafi,” he added.

Also read: Senior Hefazat leader Azizul arrested over 2013 Motijheel mayhem

On December 17, a case was filed against 36 people including Hefazat Joint Secretary General Mamunul Haque over the death of Shafi.

Md Mainuddin, the brother-in-law of Shafi, filed the case with Chittagong Judicial Magistrate Court-3, calling his death “a planned murder.”

The court had ordered PBI to file an investigation report within a month.

PBI, while investigating, examined both digital and forensic evidence and took statements of total 22 people.

According to the case document, Shafi, despite his illness, was confined to Hathazari Madrasa and the accused vandalized his room. The ambulance carrying Shafi was obstructed and In’amul Hasan Faruqi played a key role in it. 

Shafi was mentally tortured and his oxygen mask was removed during the unrest at Hathazari Madrasa, the plaintiff alleged.

Shafi died while undergoing treatment at Asgar Ali Hospital in the capital on September 18. Shafi was the director general of Al-Jamiatul Ahlia Darul Ulum Moinul Islam, also known as the Hathazari Madrasa.

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