“From where did these bombs come?”, arrested Jamaat leader asks police

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Jamaat-e-Islami leader and former lawmaker Professor Mujibur Rahman, while facing the police, said, “The books which I am seeing may be alright, but those bombs; from where did they come?”

On Monday afternoon, 13 leaders and members of Jamaat-e-Islami, including former lawmakers of Khulna-5 and Rajshahi-1, Mia Golam Parwar and Mujibir Rahman respectively, were arrested from a meeting at House no. 4, Road no. 10 of Mirpur Section 11 in Pallabi in the capital Dhaka.

On the same day, the arrested were paraded by police in front of the media at a press briefing at the DMP media centre after 7 pm in the evening. At the briefing, police displayed items seized from the raid on a table in front of the arrested, which included some books of Jamaat-e-Islami, some sticks and cash memos along with what the police claimed were 20 pieces of live hand bombs.

At that moment, Professor Mujibur Rahman made the remarks which indicated his surprise and puzzlement at the presence of the bombs on the table.

At that, one of the policemen present said to Mujibur, “Do not speak now. You do not need to say anything about this. Please be silent.”

Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Deputy Commissioner (West) Md Sazzadur Rahman claimed that the Jamaat men had been arrested along with the bombs, and that they had gathered at the flat to carry out subversive activities in the garment sector ahead of Eid.

The flat is owned by Harunur Rashid, president of Sramik Kallyan Federation, Jamaat’s labour front, he said, adding that Harun played a key role in arranging the meeting.

Tipped off, a joint team from Pallabi Police Station and detectives  launched a drive at a house in Mirpur-11 around 11:45am when some Jamaat and Shibir men were holding a “secret meeting” in the name of Sramik Kalayan Federation, officer-in-charge of Pallabi police station Dadon Fakir claimed.

The OC claimed the joint team arrested 13 Jamaat-Shibir men along with “20 crude bombs, huge sticks and a huge number of Islamic books from the spot.”

Meanwhile, Jamaat-e-Islami’s acting amir Mokbul Ahmed strongly protested at and condemned the arrest.

In a statement, the acting Jamaat amir termed the full operation a drama, strongly criticizing the police claim that they recovered 20 crude bombs in their possessions as being part of this drama.

He also claimed that Mujibur Rahman, also the president of Sramik Kalyan Federation, was holding federation’s central executive committee meeting there.

The other arrested activists, other than Mujibur Rahman and Mia Golam Parwar, include Kafrul Thana Jamaat president Mohammad Taslim, Abul Kalam Azad, Mohammd Monsur Rahman, Mohammad Zakir Hossain, Mohammad Jahangir Alam, ABM Nurullah alias Mohammad Ullah, Mohammd Abul Hashem, Mohammad Sabbir, Mujibir Rahman Bhuiyan, Harunur Rashid and Mohammd Ashraful Alam Iqbal.

The deputy commissioner Sajjadul claimed that the arrested had pending cases against them and further said that they would be further implicated in two more cases – one for sabotage and another under the Explosives Act.

Source: BD Monitor