Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has said that Jamaat will face strong resistance if it creates panic among the public through subversive activities during its hartal on Thursday.
Obaidul, also the road transport minister, made the comment while visiting the Metro Rail Depot at Diabari in Dhaka on Wednesday morning.
He said: “The people will prevent Jamaat leaders and activists if they try to create chaos during hartal.”
Remarking that the Gulshan terror attack had hampered the progress of the metro rail project, the minister said: “The project work is going smoothly now, and it will be visible in six months.”
According to him, the government is keen to complete the project before the next general elections.
On Tuesday evening, Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami called a dawn-to-dusk countrywide shutdown protesting the arrest and remand of its top nine leaders including the ameer, the nayeb-e-ameer and the secretary general.
On Monday evening, detectives arrested Jamaat Ameer Maqbul Ahmad, Nayeb-e-ameer Mia Ghulam Parwar, Secretary General Dr Shafiqur Rahman and Chittagong Metropolitan Ameer Mawlana Shahjahan among others from a house in Dhaka’s Uttara area.
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.