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Hurting Religious Sentiment

Jamaat trio held on court order

Top brass of Jamaat-e-Islami -- Motiur Rahman Nizami, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid, and Delwar Hossain Sayedee -- were arrested from the capital and Savar, hours after a Dhaka court ordered the move yesterday.

The court issued the order to arrest four Jamaat leaders including the detainees, as they had failed to comply with earlier summonses for court appearances in a case filed on charges of hurting religious sentiment of the Muslims.

The other Jamaat leader with an arrest warrant against him is the party's Dhaka City unit chief Rafiqul Islam Khan, who was still free at the time of filing this report last night, as police could not find him when they raided Jamaat's Dhaka City unit office in the afternoon, to arrest him.

The court had granted bail to another accused in the case, Dhaka City President of Islami Chhatra Shibir ASM Yahia, as he had appeared before the court yesterday. Islami Chhatra Shibir is a student organisation backed by Jamaat, an Islamist political party.

Jamaat right away announced rallies across the country for today, protesting the arrests and demanding immediate release of the detainees.

Meanwhile, ruling Awami League's Joint General Secretary Mahabubul Haque Hanif said the Jamaat leaders were arrested on specific allegations, and there was no political motive behind the move.

A team of Detective Branch (DB) police picked up Jamaat Ameer Nizami from in front of the National Press Club in the capital around 5:00pm, when he went there to participate in a discussion organised by the National Doctors' Forum.

About an hour earlier, a team of Ashulia police arrested Jamaat secretary general also former social welfare minister, Mojahid, from Savar. A top DB official said Mojahid was arrested as he was fleeing the town, but a Jamaat media release claimed that he was going to Faridpur. He was taken to Ashulia police station in the immediate aftermath of the arrest.

Another DB team picked up Jamaat Nayebe Ameer Delwar Hossain Sayedee from his Shaheed Bagh residence in the capital around 5:30pm.

All three were finally taken to DB's Minto Road office in the capital between 5:30pm and 7:30pm. DB sources said the arrestees would be kept in that office until they were produced before a court.

"The detective branch and Ashulia police arrested the three Jamaat leaders, executing the arrest warrants issued by a Dhaka court," DB Deputy Commissioner Monirul Islam told The Daily Star in the evening.

On March 21, Syed Rejaul Haque Chandpuri, secretary general of Bangladesh Tarikat Federation, filed a case with a metropolitan magistrate's court in Dhaka against the four Jamaat, and one Shibir leaders, accusing them of hurting religious sentiment of the Muslims.

The case stated that Dhaka City Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Rafiqul Islam Khan, at a discussion in the city on March 17, put Nizami at a par with Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), which hurt the Muslims' religious sentiment.

Nizami had also been arrested on May 18, 2008 in connection with the Gatco graft case following an arrest warrant. Mojahid is also accused in the case.

Both of them are also accused in the Barapukuria coal mine graft case, but they were granted bail in the case, all proceedings of which have been stayed by an HC order.

The two are also accused in two murder cases, filed with Keraniganj and Pallabi police stations, in connection with killing of freedom fighters and general public during the country's liberation war in 1971. The cases were filed in 2007 and 2008.

Our staff correspondent reported from Chittagong that police were put on high alert there to avert any possible untoward incident in the port city following the arrests yesterday.

Police dispersed a march of Jamaat-Shibir activists at Bakolia in the evening, and arrested three marchers.

Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP) yesterday evening issued a red alert to maintain law and order in the north-western city after the arrests, reported our Rajshahi staff correspondent.

RMP Commissioner M Nawsher Ali said the alert was issued to avert any untoward incident.

In Rangpur town, police dispersed a Jamaat-shibir march, and arrested one Jamaat and one Shibir activists.

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Excellent caricature

: excellent

There is plenty of ugly portents in the offing after arrest this trio.we are afraid of political instability.

: Nasirullah Mridha,USA


  • Wednesday, June 30, 2010 01:14 AM GMT+06:00 (293 weeks ago)

    what is the caricature for? they all know full well that judge can issue a why not show up and face the charges? when will Bangladesh be a peaceful democracy?

  • Jinat
    Wednesday, June 30, 2010 01:14 AM GMT+06:00 (293 weeks ago)

    amazing ... I hope they get their punishment.

  • Neena
    Wednesday, June 30, 2010 01:14 AM GMT+06:00 (293 weeks ago)

    Please keep them in jail until it's time to try them for war crimes

  • A Choudhury
    Wednesday, June 30, 2010 02:39 AM GMT+06:00 (293 weeks ago)

    All of them are known to be war criminals & have the audacity of ignoring the court order to appear before CMM court.

  • Anonymous
    Wednesday, June 30, 2010 02:48 AM GMT+06:00 (293 weeks ago)

    I don't like Jamaat's political stand nor did I fail to condemen the anti-liberation activities of its party members. But, being a strong supporter of democratic system, I believe that these arrests were politically motivated.

  • T. Husain
    Wednesday, June 30, 2010 02:52 AM GMT+06:00 (293 weeks ago)

    Jamat is the last political party I would ever support but the reason for their arrest is wrong.

  • Biram
    Wednesday, June 30, 2010 03:08 AM GMT+06:00 (293 weeks ago)

    These people, allegedly collaborators of Pakistani army, murderers and rapists of 1971 war against innocent civilians in Bangladesh, are trying to portray our country as a safe heaven for Islamic terrorists. May our reputed police give them a good dose lesson.

  • Shafiqul Chowdhury
    Wednesday, June 30, 2010 04:10 AM GMT+06:00 (293 weeks ago)

    Their portrait should not be printed as cartoon shape

  • russ
    Wednesday, June 30, 2010 04:56 AM GMT+06:00 (293 weeks ago)


  • mohsina
    Wednesday, June 30, 2010 05:13 AM GMT+06:00 (293 weeks ago)

    Govt. is doing wrong.

  • Wednesday, June 30, 2010 06:00 AM GMT+06:00 (293 weeks ago)

    You are in power, stay in power by doing good not by oppression of the opposition.

  • bd lover
    Wednesday, June 30, 2010 06:22 AM GMT+06:00 (293 weeks ago)

    Good Job. Now put them on trial.

  • Reza,Ctg.
    Wednesday, June 30, 2010 06:50 AM GMT+06:00 (293 weeks ago)

    A good work has been done.Thanks to the judiciary.

  • Kazi Abul Firoz
    Wednesday, June 30, 2010 07:27 AM GMT+06:00 (293 weeks ago)

    Islami politics create divisions within Muslim community. Divisions increase hates and violences. Violences make blooshed. Bloodshed in the name of Islam give chances to other communities to criticize Quran and its prophets. The country which has more than 50% Muslim should not have any Islami parties. Bangladesh has more than 80% Muslim. Islami parties in Bangladesh have more or less similar characteristics with Al-Qaeda and Taleban.

    Jamaat-e-Islami was involved in killings and rapings in Bangladesh in 1971 in the name of Islam.

  • mishal ali
    Wednesday, June 30, 2010 08:12 AM GMT+06:00 (293 weeks ago)

    About time.

  • Md. Jahid Hasan
    Wednesday, June 30, 2010 08:13 AM GMT+06:00 (293 weeks ago)

    Government should take legal policy about them. They should think people are being made concious about AL and BNP. We know about Nizami and his follower but why don't we see any mission against them.

  • Shakil Ahmed
    Wednesday, June 30, 2010 08:41 AM GMT+06:00 (293 weeks ago)

    Alhamdulillah, Glad to see the news last night. I believe and hope that they will be given the right lesson on their activities they did during the liberation war.

  • Annonymous
    Wednesday, June 30, 2010 08:43 AM GMT+06:00 (293 weeks ago)

    Making irrelevent people famous with this kind of news.

  • dr islam
    Wednesday, June 30, 2010 08:50 AM GMT+06:00 (293 weeks ago)

    From the last few days events,it seems national politics is taking very violent turn.

    But I am sure common people will suffer

  • abdur rahim
    Wednesday, June 30, 2010 09:46 AM GMT+06:00 (293 weeks ago)

    This is the greast job ever in bangladesh has been done by running GOVT.Salut you.......but carefull that those people must not been taken out from the punishmsnt.

  • abu hanif
    Wednesday, June 30, 2010 12:22 PM GMT+06:00 (293 weeks ago)

    They are not Islamist but trader of muslim's faith so they should be punished for their wrong doing specially of Libaration war.

  • aa
    Wednesday, June 30, 2010 09:56 AM GMT+06:00 (293 weeks ago)

    Please try all of these persons. they are basicaly pakistan ghatok dalal.

  • Third Eya
    Wednesday, June 30, 2010 10:32 AM GMT+06:00 (293 weeks ago)

    I'm afraid bad days are looming ahead.





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