The Education Ministry has ordered the Dhaka’s district administration to seal off Lakehead Grammar School for patronizing militancy and their involvement in anti-state activities.
On Tuesday, a letter signed by the Education Ministry’s Joint Secretary Salma Jahan cited that the school had no approval from the government.
Magistrate Ilias Mehedi, led the drive to close down the school’s branches at Dhanmondi and Gulshan on Tuesday evening.
He said that the institution’s administration agreed not to run operations from Wednesday, adding that it would be a punishable offence if the school continued operations.
On Monday, the Education Ministry issued an order for the Dhaka district administration to close down the school.
After receiving the order, Mehedi was tasked with shutting down the school, said Dhaka Additional Deputy Commissioner Sharif Rayhan Kabir.
Gulshan Police Station OC Abu Bakr and Dhanmondi Police Station OC Md Parvez Islam said that the police force helped the magistrate during the drive.
The school was founded back in 2006 and had several branches in Dhanmondi and Gulshan.
The Education Ministry said the school was instigating religious extremism, patronizing extremist organizations and conducting anti-state activities.
The government investigated some directors and teachers of the school after receiving complaints over their connection with militancy, said an official at the Education Ministry, requesting anonymity.
He added that the investigators found the allegations true. “Some people involved with the school have been detained by the police,” the official said.
Notably, founder of the school, Rezwan Harun has gone missing after coming to Dhaka from London recently.
He has allegations of financing and abetting militancy.
Police are yet to arrest him for militancy links.
The Education Ministry, in a report on January 23 this year, directed the law enforcement agencies to bring in Harun for his subversive activities.