Police arrested 10 leaders and activists of Jamaat-e-Islami in Sylhet, including Sylhet ameer Ehsanul Mahbub Jubayer, while allegedly holding a ‘clandestine meeting’ at Sabujbag Jame Mosque in the district’s Shibganj area.
The arrestees are Sylhet Metropolitan Jamaat ameer Advocate Ehsanul Mahbub Jubayer, Mohammad Abdus Shobur, Ahmad Al Musad, Mir Hossain, Joynal Abedin, Delwar Hossain Jamil, Mahmud Ahmed, Mohammad Morshed Alam, Abdullah Al Munim and Ahmed Hossain.
Shahporan OC (Investigation) Monirul Islam said: “Acting on a tip-off, we conducted a raid at the mosque and arrested them around 9:45pm Thursday. They are being interrogated at the police station.”
However, in a press release Jamaat stated that the party had organised a prayer at Sabujbag Jame Mosque for the departed soul of one of their activists after Asr prayer.
According to sources, Nurul Islam Chowdhury, a veteran Jamaat activist of the ward 24 unit of Jamaat had died recently. Local Jamaat activists had arranged for prayers at Sabujbag mosque after Esha parayer. Many local people joined the doa mahfil including Jamaat-e-Islami’s Sylhet city unit ameer Advocate Ehsanul Mahbub Jubayer and other activists. Many attendees were stranded at the mosque after the completion of the prayers due to rain. In the meantime, police had besieged the mosque at that time and arrested 10 people.