The media was threatened in an e-mail by none other than the leaders of a ruling party religious forum Awami Ulama League faction that used the name of banned militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team, its rival faction says.
A faction led by Ilias Hossain bin Helali and Delowar Hossain made the claim at a press briefing on Wednesday.
It said “truth will be unveiled” if leaders of its rival faction, led by Aktar Hossain and Abul Hasan, were interrogated.
But, in a reaction to bdnews24.com, Hasan rejected the allegations.
Supporters of the rival factions, who have been at loggerheads for long, fought each other in front of National Press Club several days ago.
Helali said a ‘certain quarter’ was conspiring to defame the Ulama League.
“I believe those self-styled Ulama League leaders sent the e-mail to the media using Ansarullah Bangla Team’s name,” he said of his rivals.
“Interrogating them will reveal the truth.”
Awami League’s Dhaka metropolitan unit Senior Vice President Moyez Uddin was present at Wednesday’s press conference held at the ruling party’s headquarters.
An e-mail by Ansarullah was sent to several media outlets ‘ordering’ them to refrain from running anti-Jihadi news and sacking all female employees.
“Identities of Ansarullah members will be known if they [Hasan-Hossain] are arrested and interrogated,” Helali added.
Moyez Uddin of Awami League said he had been following Ulama League’s activities for quite some time.
“Our party considers Helali-Hossain faction as Ulama League,” he said.