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Two Dhaka courts yesterday sent seven Jamaat-e-Islami leaders and activists to jail, hours after their surrender, in connection with two cases filed for damaging vehicles, assaulting police and obstructing them from discharging their duties on September 19.

Metropolitan Magistrate Keshob Roy Chowdhury sent them to jail rejecting their bail prayers in a case filed with Paltan Police Station while Metropolitan Magistrate Shahriar Mahmud Adnan passed a similar order after refusing their bail petition in the other case filed with Ramna Police Station.

The accused are Dhaka city unit Jamaat Nayeb-e-Ameer Prof AKM Nazir Ahmad, lawmaker Hamidur Rahman Azad, executive members-- Maulana Rafiuddin Ahmed and Maulana ATM Masum and the party activists Rafiqunnabi, Abdur Rahman and Maulana Abdul Mannan.

Meanwhile, police picked up 12 more leaders of Jamaat and Shibir from the court premises yesterday.

Mahmudul Haque, operation officer of Kotwali Police Station, told The Daily Star that police picked them up as they gathered at court premises with 'ill motives'.

On September 19, several hundred Jamaat activists clashed with police in the capital, torched and vandalised vehicles and shops, leaving at least 100 people injured.

Following the clash, two cases were filed with Paltan and Ramna police stations against the Jamaat men.

On October 19, the accused had surrendered before the High Court seeking anticipatory bail in the cases. The court granted them bail for a period of six weeks.

However, their bail period had already expired.

Two other cases were also filed with the police stations under the Speedy Trial Act in connection with creating anarchy among the people and halting traffic movement for hours on the same day.

Jamaat acting Ameer Maqbul Ahmad, its acting Secretary General ATM Azharul Islam and over 140 leaders and activists had been made accused in the cases. Both cases are still under trial.

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