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Mufti Wakkas placed on two-day remand

Update : 10 Oct 2013, 05:49 AM

A Dhaka court on Wednesday placed Hefazat-e-Islam Nayeb-e-Ameer - Mufti Wakkas on a two-day police remand, in a case regarding vandalism in the capital on May 5.

Magistrate SM Ashiqur Rahman of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court of Dhaka passed the order when Inspector Md Mahbubur Rahman from the Paltan police station, the investigation officer (IO) of the case, produced Wakkas before the court with a 10-day remand plea.

The IO mentioned in the remand prayer that the accused needed to be interrogated further to unveil more important clues regarding the incidents of May 5.

On the other hand, defence counsel Jaynul Abedin Mezbah moved a bail petition for the accused, with the petition saying that the name of Wakkas was not included in the First Information Report (FIR).

The magistrate heard submissions from both the prosecution and the defence, before granting the remand and rejecting the bail petition.

On September 2, a Detective Branch team arrested Mufti Wakkas after raiding a madrasa at Chowdhury Para of Malibagh in the capital.

On September 9, he was placed on 15 days remand in five cases filed for vandalism, arson and obstruction of police from discharging their duties.

Mufti Wakkas, a former state minister during Ershad’s regime, is also the secretary of Jamiat-e-Ulama Islam, which is part of BNP-led 18-party alliance member Islami Oikkya Jote.

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