Police has said during a raid had found grenades, acid and huge amount of explosives at the Jamayetul-Ulum-Al Islamia Madrasa at the city’s Lalkhan Bazar on Monday night after a blast burnt a room of a madrasa dormitory in the morning.
But Mufti Izaharul and his son Harun Bin Izahar managed to flee the scene amid police presence at the madrasa premises, raising questions about the law enforcers’ role at the time.
Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) Commissioner Mohammad Shafiqul Islam on Tuesday told journalists: Primary investigation has indicated “grenades were being made for using in the anti-government movement. And the target was police.”
Hasina is scheduled to attend a programme on Oct 12at the Jamayetul Falah National Mosque, barely half a kilometre away from Mufti Izaharul’s madrasa.
Mufti Izaharul on Monday had claimed a laptop exploded at the madrasa dormitory.
But police found explosives at the crime scene later. They seized four grenades and 18 bottles of picric acid from madrasa Principal Izaharul’s office.
Police detained nine people, four of them with burn injuries, on Monday in connection with the blast. Three of them are teachers of the madrasah.
One of them, ‘Habib’, died early on Tuesday during treatment. Another injured detainee, Nurunnabi, was sent to Dhaka for better treatment on Tuesday.
Commissioner Islam said, “Nurunnabi was the maker of the bombs in that room. He is a diploma engineer who passed from Chittagong Polytechnic Institute.”
Mufti Izaharul is the central chief of his faction of the Nezame Islam Party, and the vice-president of the Hifazat-e-Islam. His son Harun is also a leader of Hifazat and a teacher at the madrasa.
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in December, 2010 had arrested Mufti Izaharul oo charges of involvement in militancy. He was later released on bail.
It was alleged that banned militant outfit Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HUJI) was running operations from that madrasa.