She had allegedly been detained at Mamunul’s sister’s house since the incident at the resort on April 3
The Detective Branch (DB) of Police on Tuesday rescued Jannat Ara Jharna, the woman former Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh joint secretary general Mamunul Haque claims is his second wife, from a house in Mohammadpur.
She was reportedly detained at the house, which belongs to Mamunul’s sister Dilruba, since the incident with Mamunul at a resort in Sonargaon on April 3, police sources said.
Waliur Rahman, Jharna’s father, filed a general diary (GD) with Kalabagan police station on April 11, as he had been unable to locate his daughter since news of the resort incident broke out. Abdur Rahman, Jharna’s son with her former husband, filed a GD with Paltan police station the same day as Waliur.
Subsequently, detectives rescued Jannat and took her to the DB office. She was handed over to her father later on Tuesday
Waliur in his GD alleged that Jharna had phoned her son on April 9 and said she was being kept at Mamunul’s sister’s house in Dhaka against her will. She asked her son to rescue her as she felt that her life was under threat.
The line was disconnected before Abdur Rahman could learn where in Dhaka the house was located.
Waliur said Jharna divorced her first husband due to Mamunul’s influence. To her father’s knowledge, she went to Dhaka in search of work and was living at a house in North Dhanmondi.
Jharna’s family were unaware of any marriage with Mamunul until they came across media reports on the resort incident on April 3. Waliur immediately went to Dhaka to find his daughter, but failed to do so.
Waliur was also interrogated by police. A DB team brought him to Dhaka from Alfadanga police station in Faridpur on April 25.
Jharna’s father is also a freedom fighter, former army man, and member of Gopalpur union Awami League’s Ward No 4 unit. A few days ago, he was removed from the post of president of the unit for his alleged family links to Hefazat.
On April 18, Mamunul Haque was arrested in connection with a case filed over vandalism with Mohammadpur police station in 2020. He is now on remand.