In 2005, Mamunul had also travelled to Pakistan for a 45-day stay, when he met with militant and political groups
Police allege that detained Joint Secretary General of Hefazat-e Islam Mamunul Haque had links with the militants who carried out the grenade attack on an Awami League rally on August 21, 2004.
Mamunul had also gone to Pakistan with one of the militants to contact the extremist groups there, said Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Deputy Commissioner Harunor Rashid during a press conference at his office on Sunday.
He also said that Mamunul’s brother-in-law Maulana Mufti Neamat Uddin was arrested over the attack but was later released. Mamunul is also the acting secretary general of Bangladesh Khelafat Majlish.
Politicians, former senior officials of intelligence agencies and banned militant group Huji-B leaders were sentenced to different terms for the grenade attack in which then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina was injured. Twenty-four people were killed in the attack.
In 2005, Mamunul and Neamat had travelled to Pakistan for a 45-day stay, during when they met with militant and political groups.
They had also collected funds from Qatar, UAE and Pakistan in the name of Babri Mosque, as found from the seized mobile phone of Mamunul, police said.
He had brought the funds from abroad through bKash and bank accounts to use for militancy and extremism in madrasas and mosques, added DC Harunor Rashid.
Police said that the Hefazat leader had been trying to transform the organization like a Pakistani group.
DC Harunor Rashid also said: “He had political ambitions. He had been thinking about grabbing power with the help of Jamaat-e-Islami.”
Police have arrested around 18 Hefazat leaders after members of the organization caused riots in various parts of Bangladesh in protest of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Dhaka.