Police yesterday stopped hundreds of leaders and activists of Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh (HIB) from bringing out a procession from Kamrangirchar Nuria Madrasha to mark the one year of law enforcers action on their sit in programme at Shapla Square in the city on May 5 and 6.
Several hundred HIB leaders an activists under the banner of Bangladesh Khelafat Andolon gathered at Nuria Madrasa in Kamrangairchar this morning but police did not allow them to bring out procession outside the Madrasha.They tried to bring out a procession at about 11:45am towards Motijheel intersection marking one year of the Hefazat mayhem.
Superintendent of police in Dhaka (Lalbagh zone) KM Fayzur Rahman told reporters that they did not allow them to bring out the procession on the ground that the Hefazat men did not have permission for the procession.
Earlier, the HIB leaders at a rally on the madrasa premises and demanded immediate implementation of their 13-point demand.
They accused the ruling Awami League and government of carrying out the mayhem and demanded punishment to those responsible for the incident.
Meanwhile, the HIB yesterday demanded judicial inquiry into the May 5 and 6 law enforcers’ action on HIB sit in programme at Shapla Square in the city last year.
Dhaka city convenor of HIB Maulana Noor Hossain Quashemi made the demand while addressing a discussion meeting at Jamia Madania Baridhara Madrasha in memory of those who died in the in the midnight action of the law enforcing agencies.
He called upon the government to stop repression on ulema and withdraw “false cases” filed against them and release the arrested ones immediately.
Kashemi said they are preparing a list of those were killed in the law enforcers action on April 5 last year. The list will be public soon, he added.
He called upon the government to refrain from charting the path of repression and come towards the path of peace.
The Hefazat leader claimed that the 13-point demands are to protect the independence and sovereignty of the country and there is no room to consider it in other angles.
He called upon the government to implement the 13-point demands of the organisations.
Dhaka city joint member secretary Maulana Abdur Rab Yusufi, Maulana Abdul Karim, Maulana Fazlul Karim Kashemi and Maulana Obaidullah, among others, also addressed the meeting.
The May 5 mid night action of joint forces on HIB sit in programme left many people killed and injured scores number of HIB activists.
The government put the death figure from the law enforcers’ operation to flush them out of Motijheel at 13. On the other hand, Hefazat claimed that hundreds of its leaders and activists were killed on that day.
The HIB however could not provide names of those who they claimed were killed on that day. – Staff Reporter