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Hathazari Madrasa closed sine die

Students of the madrasa were protesting to press home their six-point demand

Update : 17 Sep 2020, 08:11 PM

The Education Ministry has shut down Al-Jamiatul Ahlia Darul Ulum Moinul Islam, popularly known as Hathazari Madrasa in Chittagong, until further notice.

A notice signed by Syed Asgar Ali, assistant secretary to the Technical and Madrasah Education Division under the Education Ministry, issued the order on Thursday.

“On August 24, a conditional permission was given to the qawmi madrasas to resume academic activities and examinations. As the conditions were not fulfilled properly, Al-Jamiatul Ahlia Darul Ulum Moinul Islam has been shut down until further notice. The order will come into effect immediately,” the notice mentioned.

Earlier on Wednesday, several hundred students of Hathazari Madrasa erupted in protest to press home their six-point demand.

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The protesting students also went on a rampage and vandalized some rooms of the madrasa.  

The violent protest is a sequel to the rift between Hefazat Secretary-General Junayed Babunagari and Anas Madani, the eldest son of Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh chief Shah Ahmed Shafi.

The schism surfaced when Babunagari was removed from the post of assistant director of the madrasa in June of this year.

In the wake of raging protests of the students, the Shura Committee (highest decision-making body) of the educational institution held an emergency meeting on Wednesday night and decided to relieve Anas Madani of his duties at the madrasa.

Anas Madani is and had been serving as the publicity secretary of the radical Islamist platform and the assistant director of the age-old madrasa.

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