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Bangladesh Arrests Former MP Over Violence During PM Modi's Visit: Report

Protests broke out in Bangladesh’s Chittagong in March which led to clashes with the cops. (File)


A senior chief of the hardline Jamaat-e-Islami group has been arrested in Bangladesh for allegedly instigating violence in March throughout Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s go to to the nation, the police stated on Sunday.

Shahjahan Chowdhury, who can be a former lawmaker, was arrested from Chatttogram’s Hathazari space on Saturday and was later despatched on three-day police remand by Senior Judicial Justice of the Peace Shahriar Iqbal of the Chittagong Courtroom.

“Police yesterday (Saturday) arrested Jamaat chief and ex-MP Shahjahan Chowdhury in (southeastern) Chatttogram discovering his hyperlinks to the mayhem and obtained the court docket order to interrogate him within the custody,” a police spokesman stated.

He stated Shahjahan Chowdhury, who was elected to parliament through the earlier Bangladesh Nationalist Occasion-led four-party alliance with Jamaat being its essential companion, was charged with instigating the violence unleashed by radical outfit Hefazat-e-Islam on March 26 throughout Prime Minister Modi’s go to to Bangladesh.

“We’ve proof of Shahjahan’s involvement with the violence and vandalism performed by Hefazat males on March 26 and 27 through the protests towards Indian Prime Minister Modi’s go to. He was arrested within the circumstances filed with the Hathazari police station,” the Chittagong district police chief was quoted as saying by the Dhaka Press Reporter.

On March 26, at the least 4 folks had been killed and several other others had been injured in clashes amongst Hefazat supporters, police, and ruling social gathering activists in Chittagong.

PM Modi was in Dhaka then on a two-day go to to affix the celebrations of the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence and the beginning centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Hefazat activists had been concerned in widespread violence and vandalism in Hathazari round PM Modi’s go to, together with an assault on the native police station. Members of the Qawmi madrasa-based radical organisation had been additionally concerned in acts of vandalism and arson of the federal government workplaces.

Over the previous few weeks, Bangladesh has arrested dozens of leaders belonging to the Hefazat outfit. On March 30, police filed a complete of six circumstances over the violence, accusing a number of thousand unnamed suspects.

Shahjahan Chowdhury is a former chief of the Chattogram Metropolitan department of Jamaat and a member of the group’s Central Majlish-e-Shura. He was elected a member of parliament from the Satkania-Lohagara seat through the BNP-Jamaat alliance authorities.

The Jamaat chief has been accused in practically 20 circumstances associated to violence at completely different occasions. He was beforehand arrested in 2018 for “instigation” through the pupil highway protest motion, reported.

(Apart from the headline, this story has not been edited by The Press Reporter employees and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)

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