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Suspected adviser held

Dr Golam Haider Rasul

A physician of a reputed hospital was arrested from the capital's Uttara in the early hours of yesterday on suspicion of being a policymaker of banned militant Islamist organisation Hizb-ut-Tahrir Bangladesh, said Rapid Action Battalion.

Lt Col Ziaul Ahsan, director of the Rab intelligence wing, said the battalion arrested cardiac surgeon Dr Golam Haider Rasul, 45, a doctor of United Hospital, from his residence in Uttara Sector-3 around 1:30am, and large numbers of leaflets and books of the banned organisation were recovered from his house.

"Haider, who got his MBBS degree from Dhaka Medical College, was maintaining close connections with fugitive Hizb-ut-Tahrir leaders Mawlana Mamunur Rashid, principal of a madrasa in the capital's Mohammadpur, and Dr Towfiq Elahi, a teacher of a prominent private university," said Lt Col Ziaul.

He said Haider is also one of the major donors for Hizb-ut-Tahrir.

Haider's wife and father are also doctors, he added.

"During our preliminary interrogation, Haider admitted that he believes in Hizb-ut-Tahrir's politics," said the Rab's intelligence director, adding, "His father, Dr Golam Rasul, said he himself also supports the organisation."

"Haider is an adviser level leader of the banned organisation, and plays a key role among its policy makers in Bangladesh," Lt Col Ziaul said.

Talking to The Daily Star, Commander M Sohail of Rab's legal and media wing said, "We are trying to find out whether there are more Hizb-ut-Tahrir men in that hospital."

Sources said Haider was arrested following a recent press conference by Bangladesh Army in which it disclosed that there had been an attempt to overthrow the elected democratic government and that Hizb-ut-Tahrir had a link with the attempt.

Lt Col Ziaul said, "There is a long list of top ranking leaders of the banned outfit who are skilled professionals like doctors, engineers, teachers, and successful businessmen."

"Different other militant organisations like Harkat-ul-Jihad Bangladesh, Hizb-ut-Tawhid, Allahar Dal, Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh, and Lashkar-e-Taiba have links with Hizb-ut-Tahrir which is also patronised by some mainstream anti-government political parties," said Ziaul.

In separate drives last week, Rab and police arrested at least 15 Hizb-ut-Tahrir leaders and activists including another doctor, and an IT expert of the Local Government Engineering Department. More than 500 Hizb-ut-Tahrir leaders and activists have been arrested since the organisation was banned in 2009.

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What is amazing is in the case of each of such arrests the person is immediately declared a culprit. Where is the process of neutral investigation? When a person is arrested as a suspect, he or she should not be declared a culprit till the entire and fair investigation is over. We live under an administration which the world considers a serious Human Rights violator. So we have every reason to be suspicious about these prompt news items that are flashed without full enquiry. Be a neutral and fair system.

: Prbashi

I am also a Hizb-ut-Tahrir activist...and I pray so that me, my family, my wealth, everything could be sacrificed for Allah's cause.

: khan


  • Saleh Mohammad Ayub
    Wednesday, January 25, 2012 04:19 AM GMT+06:00 (212 weeks ago)

    I fail to understand why people practicing and believing in Islam are being prosecuted in this manner? Why Islamic activities are banned in the country? Does the incumbent government believe in democracy? Can there by any ban in democracy? As of now I have not come across any sort of ban in Houston, Texas, USA. Of course there is no room for terrorism in this country.

    Does Hizb-ut-Tahrir constitute any threat to the nation? Who are the members of Hizb-ut-Tahrir? Are they aliens? Why is the government afraid of them? Why is the government harassing them? Does not every one has the right to express his or her opinion in democracy, which does not constitute a threat to the nation or the people?

    We are absolutely in dark about what the Hizb-ut-Tahrir wants to say. Let them speak to the people and let the people decide what they like to do. We are hearing only one sided story, what about the other side?

  • Fida Likhon
    Wednesday, January 25, 2012 08:04 AM GMT+06:00 (212 weeks ago)

    People have rights to do politics in the name of nationality or anything else. But when any group wants to use Islam as their politics, they should take permission from every Muslim of Bangladesh whether they will allow their religion to be used or not.

    Islami politics create divisions within same Muslim community. Divisions make hatres. Hates increase violence. Thus, fame of Islam and Quran has been scandalized by Talibans, Jamaat-e-Islami and many other Islami parties.

  • doctor
    Wednesday, January 25, 2012 04:01 AM GMT+06:00 (212 weeks ago)

    They are philosophically dishonest, because their philosphy is based not on logic, sociology, history of this Nation, and rather on hallucination and temperament of middle east. No middle east countries are united and that indicates failure of these fantasies of past. Middle eastern countries should take philosophy of peace from Bangladesh, on the contrary, with a mixed culture society.

  • Harun Md Shahed Bin Naim
    Wednesday, January 25, 2012 06:17 AM GMT+06:00 (212 weeks ago)

    It's a good news which gives a sense of relief but it would be more praiseworthy if those members of banned party were arrested earlier before the incident of army coup had disclosed. Can't it be claimed that if the army press conference did not tell there a link of HB Tahrir no attempt was taken and this Dr and other members were not arrested?What is most alarming is that all the members identified and arrested are highly educated professionals, expert in technology. Few years back one professor of IBA was arrested. All are far more efficient than most of our politicians and government officers. Proper investigation must be carried on continuously to find out more people associated with it along with the source of their philosophy and motivation.

  • M.Shafiqul Alam
    Wednesday, January 25, 2012 11:19 AM GMT+06:00 (212 weeks ago)

    Islam is a religion that preaches peace, love and modesty, but these people have a different interpretation of our religion. Inane attitude of these fanatics is harming the society and the cause of religion as well.





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