Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Four Hefajat leaders sued

Accused of embezzling money collected for Savar victims

Four Hefajat-e Islam leaders were sued on Monday night for misappropriating money collected for the Savar tragedy victims during a grand rally in Rajshahi.
The accused are Hefajat’s Dhaka city unit Secretary General Junayed Al Habib, Rajshahi city unit Convenor and Rajshahi University’s Islamic Studies teacher Sheikh Taiyabur Rahman Nijami, the city unit joint Convenor Jamal Uddin, and Treasurer Abdul Jabbar Jihadi.
Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Hefajat’s Rajshahi city unit office secretary and principal of Jinnahnagar Darul Ulum Etimkhana and Madrassa, filed the case with Rajpara Police Station, said ABM Rejaul Islam, officer-in-charge of the station.
Jinnah in the case alleged that the accused misappropriated more than Tk 5 lakh in donation collected from the people on April 29 during a rally.
According to the case statement, individual contribution ranged from Tk 500-1000.
But Jamal Uddin later that day told him the collection amounted to Tk 2.21 lakh.
However, no money was paid to any of the Savar tragedy victims, said Jinnah in the case statement, adding that the money might have been used for Hefajat leaders’ trip to Dhaka instead.
Police said the accused are on the run.