Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013

Banshkhali chairman held for inciting mayhem

Having lost everything, Nipu Sheel wails sitting on the debris of her house that was set ablaze by Jamaat-Shibir men at Banshkhali in Chittagong. The religious fanatics looted and torched houses and temples of the Hindus in the district on February 28, following the death sentence to Jamaat leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee. Photo: Star

Having lost everything, Nipu Sheel wails sitting on the debris of her house that was set ablaze by Jamaat-Shibir men at Banshkhali in Chittagong. The religious fanatics looted and torched houses and temples of the Hindus in the district on February 28, following the death sentence to Jamaat leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee. Photo: Star

A Chittagong court sent the Banshkhali upazila chairman to jail on Thursday hours after his arrest on charge of inciting violence on February 28 that left one killed.

The mayhem took place immediately after Jamaat leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee was handed down a death penalty for wartime atrocities

The activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir attacked and vandalised houses and temples of Hindu community and upazila and court buildings in Banshkhali.

Detained Alamgir Kabir Chowdhury is vice-president of south district chapter of BNP and president of Banshkhali upazila unit of the party, reports our Chittagong correspondent.

A joint team of Chittagong Metropolitan Police, district police and Rapid Action Battalion-7 arrested Kabir at his Katalganj residence in the city around 3:00am, said Md Iltutmish, additional superintendent of police (Chittagong South zone).

Kabir has been arrested for instigating the violence created by Jamaat-Shibir men in Banshkhali upazila following the verdict of Sayedee on February 28, he said.

The ASP however did not elaborate it.

Contacted, BNP lawmaker Jafrul Islam Chowdhury of Banshkhali on Thursday said six cases have been filed following the Banshkhali incident but Kabir was not made accused in any of the cases.

Law enforcers arrested Kabir only to harass him, Chowdhury said.