Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami has called a dawn-to-dusk countrywide shutdown for Thursday protesting the arrest and remand of its top leaders including the ameer, nayeb-e-ameer and secretary general.
The announcement was made through a statement issued by one M Alam, affiliated with the party’s central publicity wing, on Tuesday.
In the statement, it was also announced that the party will hold nationwide demonstration on Wednesday and special prayers for the arrested leaders after Jumma prayers on Friday, demanding the release of the party top brass.
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Former MP Prof Mojibur Rahman, also a nayeb-e-ameer of the party, has been made the acting Jamaat chief, according to a separate statement.
Incumbent Assistant Secretary General Maulana ATM Masum has been made acting secretary general of the party.
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On Monday evening, detectives arrested nine of its members, including Ameer Maqbul Ahmad, Nayeb-e-ameer Mia Ghulam Parwar, Secretary General Dr Shafiqur Rahman and Chittagong Metropolitan Ameer Mawlana Shahjahan, from a house in Dhaka’s Uttara.
A Dhaka court on Tuesday afternoon put the nine to remand for a total of 10 days, for two cases previously filed under the Special Act and Explosives Act.
Meanwhile, Jamaat-e-Islami on Tuesday held nationwide demonstrations, protesting the arrest of its top echelon. In a demonstration in Dhaka, the party leaders threatened to stage fierce protests if its ameer, secretary general and others were not released immediately.