So far, 168 people have been taken into custody
Some 60 more Hefazat-e-Islam activists have been arrested in several cases filed over vandalism and arson perpetrated during the group’s demonstrations in Brahmanbaria on March 26, 27 and 28.
So far, 51 cases have been lodged over the violence — 45 at Sadar police station, three with Ashuganj police, two with Sarail police, and one with the railway police.
Two of these cases were lodged on Monday.
Some 288 people have been named in these cases alongside more than 30,000 unknown individuals. Until Tuesday, 168 people were arrested.
Police said those accused in the cases were identified from photos and video footages of the incidents.
On April 1, terming the Hefazat mayhem “inhumane” and “disgusting,” Inspector General of Police Benazir Ahmed had said that none of the perpetrators would be spared.
Meanwhile, Hefazat Ameer Junayed Babunagari on April 2 demanded that the cases be withdrawn and claimed the cases were filed based on false information.
On March 27, at least five people were killed and around 50 others, including 25 policemen, injured in clashes between members of law enforcement agencies and locals during the fundamentalist organization’s demonstrations at Nandanpur in Brahmanbaria Sadar.
They were demonstrating against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh.
The next day, during Hefazat’s countrywide dawn-to-dusk general strike protesting police action on their anti-Modi processions in Dhaka, Chittagong and other districts,
Hefazat activists vandalised and set fire to three buildings -- the land office, Alauddin Music Academy and Industrial School -- in Sadar upazila and attacked a Chittagong-bound train.
Besides, they vandalised some private and government establishments, including Zila Parishad building, municipality building, Police Lines, and Foirtala Bus Stand.
The hartal supporters also attacked the Brahmanbaria Press Club and confined some journalists to the building for a while.