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Hizb ut-Tahrir top leader arrested in Cox’s Bazar

  • Arrestee is a DU graduate 
  • The militant organization was banned 14 years ago
Update : 07 Dec 2023, 10:26 PM

The Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit (CTTC) of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) on Wednesday arrested one of the top leaders of Hizb ut-Tahrir, a banned militant organization, from Cox’s Bazar. 

The arrestee has been identified as Tauhidur Rahman alias Tauhid alias Sifat, 29.

CTTC chief Md Asaduzzaman confirmed the matter at a press conference on Thursday. 

“Tauhidur Rahman was arrested from Cox's Bazar on Wednesday night. On September 30, Hizb ut-Tahrir put up posters in different areas of the capital regarding an online conference. Text messages were also sent for the conference. Several misleading information were spread during the event,” said Md Asaduzzaman.

Mentioning that Hizb ut-Tahrir targets educated people, the CTTC official said Tauhid graduated from Dhaka University, and after graduation, he became a full-time member of the militant organization. Apart from that, a family member of the arrestee is a civil service officer. 

Tauhid was arrested twice in 2011 and 2019. He got out of jail on bail and got involved in organizational activities again. In 12 years, Tauhid became one of the top leaders of the organization, he added. 

“We did not get much time to interrogate him after his arrest. However, he will be sent to the court seeking a 10-day remand. Hopefully, we will get detailed information about the organization from him when he is placed on remand,” the CTTC chief added.

In response to a question regarding the other leaders of the banned militant outfit, the official said: "We were trying hard to identify the top leaders but we could not yet. They communicate very privately. Identifying them is a challenge.”

Hizb ut-Tahrir was banned 14 years ago.

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