Babunagari pushed towards death through torture: Hefazat

Babunagari in BIRDEM Hospital Intensive Care Unit

Dhaka: Leaders of Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh on Wednesday alleged that the government pushed its secretary general Junaid Babunagari towards death through torturing him on remand days after days in a planned way.

They said Babunagari was arrested and then put on remand for mental and physical tortures in a planned way and his life is now at risk due to serious torture in police custody in the name of repeated police remand.

The Hefazat leaders held the government responsible for the current critical condition of Babunagari due to torture he had to endure during remand in police custody.

Ameer of Hefazat-e-Islam Allama Shah Ahmed Shafi expressed his concern over deterioration of health condition of the Chittagong-based Islamic platform’s secretary general Jenaid Baunagari due to inhuman torture he had to suffer during repeated police remands without logical reason.

He also blamed the repeated police remands of Babunagari after arrest for his life-threatening critical condition. He also said, “Not just me the whole country and devoted Muslims, alems and students are worried about Babunagari, who is in critical condition. Babunagari was never involved in any confrontation politics, rather he was involved in explaining critical Quran and Hadith related explanations and teachings of Islam among his students. So, the government would have to bear the responsibility if anything bad happens to Babunagari.”

They came up with the remarks at a doa-mahfil organised seeking early recovery of their secretary general.

The Hefazat leaders also said the government has played with his life in the name of extracting information and a confessional statement.

They alleged that the government put pressure on the lawyers to seek bail seeing Babunagari at a critical condition.

City unit convener Maulana Nur Hossain Kashemi, Mufti Tayeb Hossain, Abdur Rab Yusufi, Jafrullah Khan, Mahfuzul Haque, Abdullah Wasel, Abul Kashem and Fazlul Karim Kashemi, among others, addressed the doa-mahfil.

A Dhaka court granted bail to Junaid Babunagari in three cases filed over the May 5 violence in the capital city’s Motijheel area.

On Tuesday evening, the Hefazat leader, who was arrested by plainclothes police from Lalbagh Shahi Mosque in the capital on May 6, was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of BIRDEM Hospital on Tuesday afternoon as his condition deteriorated following a surgery in his leg as he was suffering from diabetes too.

Babunagri was sent to jail on May 21 after he made a confessional statement before a magistrate of Dhaka CMM court disclosing that activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir tried to use Hefazat’s May 5 Shapla Chattar rally for ousting the government. Hefazat leader, Allama Shah Ahmed Shafi has stated Babunagari’s “confession” was coerced by force under duress of torture and is false.

A total of 26 cases were filed with Paltan and Motijheel police stations over the violence during the May 5 Dhaka siege programme of Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh.

Source: Daily Prime News and others