Its chief threatens tougher movement if demands not met
Hefazat-e-Islam Ameer Junayed Babunagari has demanded that the cases filed over the recent mayhem in parts of the country be withdrawn as he claimed those were filed based on false information.
“If the cases are not withdrawn and my party colleagues are not freed, we’ll have no choice but to forge a tougher movement,” he said.
He was addressing a rally held in Chittagong’s Hathazari upazila on Friday, protesting at least 43 cases filed in several districts including Brahmanbaria, Narayanganj, Chittagong, and Dhaka over the clashes between Hefazat and police between March 26 and 28.
No fewer than 20,000 people were named in the cases filed till Thursday night. The clashes ensued when police obstructed them from staging demonstrations over Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day visit to Bangladesh starting March 26.
Hinting at the prime minister, he said: “We’re not your enemies. Atheists are the foes of Islam and yours too.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, he said, was assassinated by the people close to him.
“No Alem [Islamic scholar] killed him. No Pir or Aulia [both refer to spiritual leader] did that either,” he added.
In another development, the Islamist hardliner group blamed Awami League leaders and activists for the three-day-long brawls mostly with police in Dhaka, Narayanganj, Brahmanbaria, and Chittagong that left 14 Hefazat men dead.
"Not a single Hefazat leader or activist was seen carrying arms during the protests," Hefazat's Central Organising Secretary Maulana Azizul Haque. He was addressing a rally at Baitul Mukarram premises in Dhaka on Friday.
He claimed that it was Chhatra League, Juba League and Awami League men who carried out the fierce violence with police.