18 cases have been filed in three police stations regarding Hefazat’s widespread rampage in the capital’s Motijheel, Paltan and Ramna area on Sunday. Hefazat’s general secretary Junaid Babunagari has been named the primary suspect. The other accused include Hefazat’s central committee joint coordinator Mufti faizullah, Dhaka city unit ameer Noor Hossain Kashemi, 18-party alliance leader Abdul Latif Nizami, Jamaat’s assistant secretary general Dr. Shafiqul Islam Masud, and BNP leader Sultan Ahmed Tuku. Hefazat’s ameer Shah Ahmed Shafi has not yet been accused. The information was provided by Monirul Islam, Joint Commissioner (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police. The Commissioner said even though Shah Ahmed Shafi wanted to bring down the government, he did not endorse any plans for large-scale violence. However, he will be arrested if investigation reveals his culpability.
Joint Commissioner Monirul Islam said the widespread violence was instigated by the leaders of Jamaat-Shibir, BNP and its affiliated organizations. They helped Hefazat-e-Islam with money and food. Their target was to attack important establishments like the central bank in Motijheel. Police are trying to capture the financiers, instigators and actual perpetrators of these attacks.
On BNP’s claim that several thousand Hefazat activists were killed in Sunday’s late night raid, the Commissioner said no deadly weapon was used that night to disperse the crowd from Shapla Chattar. Only rubber bullets, sound grenades and teargas shells were used. The few who were injured were rescued and sent to the hospital where three of them died including a police officer. 4 dead bodies were at the scene from before.
He also said the raid was conducted amidst media presence. In fact, two private news channels even provided a live telecast of the whole operation.
8 cases have been lodged in Motijheel Police Station, 9 in Paltan Police Station and 1 in Ramna Police station. 22 people have been arrested so far.
Victims of Islami Foundation and National Sports Council are preparing to sue the perpetrators separately.