Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Held Hefajat leader blames Jamaat

50,000 sued for violence

Junaid Babunagari, detained secretary general of Hefajat-e Islam, yesterday blamed activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir for Sunday’s violence across the capital.
During an interrogation, he also denied responsibilities for the killing, attack, arson, vandalism and looting that took place during the Dhaka blockade of Hefajat, said Khandaker Nazmul Alam, deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (Motijheel) yesterday.
“Junaid said they could not imagine that the situation would take such a serious turn. But we are not convinced,” added the official.
Asked, the DC said police were trying to unearth the financial sources of Hefajat and trying to arrest its senior leaders who had gone into hiding.
Meanwhile, more than 50 thousand leaders and activists of Hefajat-e Islam and Jamaat-e-Islami, including Junaid Babunagari, have been made accused in 19 cases for Sunday’s anarchy in the capital.
Of the cases, ten were filed with Paltan, six with Motijheel, one with Shahbagh and another with Ramna police stations by the relatives of victims, Islamist leaders, businessmen, shop owners, employees of different establishments, political parties, police and government officials.
Around 15,000 people have been sued in each of the cases filed with Paltan police and 1,500 people in each case filed with Motijheel, police said.
Besides, around 12,000 men of Hefajat and Jamaat-Shibir stand accused in five cases in Bagerhat and 5,000 in Chittagong for violence leaving seven people dead, report our correspondents.
Yesterday, Junaid, arrested at the capital’s Lalbagh on Monday night, was placed on a nine-day remand in connection with the killing of sub-inspector Md Shahjahan during a fight between Hefajat men and law enforcers at Motijheel early Monday.
Another Dhaka court ordered a two-day remand for 40 Hefajat activists, arrested for the violence, when police sought remand for seven days each.