Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Hefazat-e-Islam refuses to meet Shahbagh youths delegation

Hefazat-e-Islam, a radical Islamist organisation based in Hathazari upazila of Chittagong, on Wednesday refused to hold a meeting with Shahbagh demonstrators.

“There is no question of holding a dialogue with the protesters whom we will not allow to enter Chittagong,” said Azizul Haque Islamabadi, organising secretary of the Islamist group.

Meanwhile, the law enforcers in Feni on Wednesday requested Imran H Sarker, convener of the Shahbagh Gonojagoron Mancha, to return to Dhaka to avert any possible untoward incident during his Chittagong visit.

Imran along with his team was heading towards Chittagong to hold a meeting with Ahmed Shafi, chief of the Hefazat-e-Islam.

The team was in Feni when this report was filed.

However, Imran, also a key organiser of Shahbagh Gonojagoron Mancha, is yet to take any decision whether they will go to Chittagong, said Bappaditya Basu, president of Bangladesh Chhatra Moitree.

On Tuesday, the protesters of Gonojagoron Mancha postponed their Wednesday’s rally in the port city amid threats from radical Islamists and imposition of Section 144 by police in Chittagong.

The Section 144 prohibits gathering of more than five people.

Meanwhile, three homemade bombs were exploded near the Gonojagoron Mancha before the Chittagong Press Club around 8:25pm Tuesday, sending a wave of panic in the area.

Many people were seen running for shelter at the time in the area.

Police detained one person from the spot for his alleged link with the blasts.




  • S M Iftekhar Ahmed

    Upon what assumption will they not talk with the demonstrators? If they feel that the Shahbagh movement is un-Islamic and the protestors are atheists, then it seems as if the Hefazat-E-Islam are no better than the Jamaat-Shibir. They fail to see that the demonstrators are well-behaved and continue to grow with every passing day. Thus for upstarts like them, being bull-headed for no reason will not yield fruitful results. On the other hand, I hope that Chittagong along with the rest of the country, is also infected with the spirit of Shahbagh, who anyone unbiased can clearly see are not motivated by political agendas nor are they anti-religion in any way whatsoever.