The tense situation prevailed for more than two hours since 5pm in the area
After forming a protest procession from Darul Ulum Moinul Islam Madrasa in Hathazari, an unruly mob went on a violent rampage and vandalized Hathazari police station in Chittagong on Sunday.
The madrasa students brought out the protest procession following Asr prayer after four people were killed and over 200 others injured in a deadly clash in Borhanuddin upazila over hate conversations against Islam on Facebook Messenger app.
The tense situation prevailed for more than two hours since 5pm in the area. On information, the police rushed to the spot and took control of the situation.
Azizul Haque Islamabadi, central organizing secretary of Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh, claimed that no student of Hathazari Madrasa took part in the vandalism.
Asked who carried out the violence, the Hefazat leader said that some infiltrators joined in the spontaneous protest and carried out the vandalism.
Abdullah Al Masum, additional SP of Chittagong told Dhaka Tribune that the madrasa students brought out a procession but some infiltrators took part in the vandalism.
“There has been no arrest or casualty whatsoever,” he said.
According to the police, the miscreants threw brick chips at the window panes of Hathazari police station and put up a blockade on Hathazari road for an hour halting traffic movement.
Speaking to Dhaka Tribune, Chittagong SP Noor-e-Alam Mina said that some miscreants masquerading as madrasa students took part in the violence from a procession.
“I spoke to the senior leaders of Hefazat-e-Islam and they confirmed me that none from the organization or Hathazari Madrasa participated in the vandalism. The Hefazat leaders announced from the mosque that they are not involved with any anti-Islamic activities and they will find out the perpetrators if anyone tries to create unrest in the name of Hefazat,” said the SP.
“The situation came under control after 7:30pm. We are on high alert to avert any further untoward incident in the area. Additional forces have been deployed in and around the police station,” the SP furthered.
Asked if they could identify the troublemaker involved with the vandalism, the SP said that they were trying to collect video footage of the spot to determine the hooligans.
Talking to this correspondent, Shafiqul Islam, associate editor of Hefazat's mouthpiece monthly Moinul Islam, said that neither Hefazat-e-Islam nor the Hathazari Madrasa brought out any protest procession.
“Some agitated students hailing from Bhola district of Hathazari Madrasa spontaneously brought out the procession. The students took to the streets but there has been no vandalism. Later, they returned to the madrasa,” he said.