Hefazate Islam Bangladesh, a radical Islamist organisation, is acting as an ally of Jamaat-e-Islami in implementing the latter’s plot to create anarchy across the country, Imam Ulema Somonnoy Oikyo Parishad said on Wednesday.
Jamaat has been using Islam to thwart the ongoing war crimes trial, chairman of the alliance, Maulana Mohammad Ismail Hossain, said while addressing a press briefing at Jatiya Press Club.
“In the name of Islam, the so-called Hefazate Islam is terming patriotic youths (who are demonstrating at Shahbagh demanding death penalty to war criminals) as atheists,” he said.
“Hefazate Islam is working to save Jamaat, not Islam.”
Claiming that some Jamaat leaders infiltrated Hefazate Islam, Hossain demanded immediate arrest those Jamaat leaders.
The Oikyo Parishad chief urged Hefazate Islam to sever relation with the Jamaat leaders.
He demanded death penalty to all war criminals.
“If the tribunal failed to give the capital punishment, we will form a Sharia court to try the war criminals as per the Sharia law,” he said.
The BNP chairperson and its acting secretary general have been leading the programmes like shutdown and arson to save the war crimes trial accused, he said, terming such movement as “illegal” and tantamount to “sedition”.
Hossain said the country people have already come to know about those infiltrated Hefazate Islam for creating anarchy across the country.
He mentioned some of the names who are working for Jamaat. Those are: Mizanur Rahman, Islami Chhatra Shibir leader of Chittagong Hathazari upazila unit; MA Hasjem Khan, one of the leaders of Salauddin Quader Mukti Parishad; Mahmudul Hassan, former Shibir leader of Rangamati district and now a central leader of Krishal Dal; Harun Izhar, son of Mufti Izhar, president of central Nejami Islam who is detained for his alleged link with militant activities.