Four Hefazat leaders held in Dhaka over violence at Narayanganj resort


Hefazat supporters attacked the resort and snatched away their senior leader Mamunul from police

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has detained four leaders of radical Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam from Dhaka over the April 3 attack on a resort in Narayanganj’s Sonargaon upazila.

Maulana Iqbal, Maulana Mohiuddin, Maulana Shahjahan Shibli and Maulana Moazzem were arrested from the capital’s Juarain, said RAB-11 chief Lt Col Khandaker Saiful Alam.

They have been handed over to the Sonargaon police.

Earlier, 10 Hefazat leaders and activists were arrested in seven cases filed over violence in Narayanganj .

On the afternoon of April 3, Hefazat bigwig Mamunul Haque was held at the resort with a woman, who he said was his “second wife”. He was found at the Royal Resort’s Room No. 501, which he had rented.

The local UNO and senior police officers went to the resort on hearing about the incident. Police said at the time Mamunul was not being detained or arrested and that they were trying to find out what happened
Hours later, stick-wielding Hefazat supporters launched an attack on the resort. They vandalized it and took Mamunul from the police.

They also blocked the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway, vandalized and torched vehicles in protest of what they said was harassment of the Islamist leader. At the same time, Hefazat activists attacked and vandalized the local Awami League office.

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