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Murder case against Mamunul, 35 others over Shafi's death

  • Published at 02:17 pm December 17th, 2020
web-File photo of Hefazat-e-Islam chief Shah Ahmad Shafi
File photo of late Hefazat-e-Islam chief Shah Ahmad Shafi Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Court orders Police Bureau Investigation (PBI) to investigate the case

A case has been filed with a Chittagong court against 36 leaders and activists of Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh, including its Joint Secretary General Mamunul Haque, over the death of Islamist group’s supreme leader Shah Ahmad Shafi.

Md Moyeenuddin, brother-in-law of Shafi lodged the case with the court of Chittagong Judicial Magistrate Shiplu Kumar Dey on Thursday.

The accused are Hefazat’s incumbent Joint Secretaries General Mamunul Haque, Nasir Uddin Munir, Organizing Secretary Azizul Haque Islamabadi, Assistant Organizing Secretary Meer Idris, Assistant Secretary General Habib Ullah, Assistant Finance Secretary Ahsan Ullah, Publicity Secretary Zakaria Noman Foyezi, Personal Secretary to Junayed Babunagari In’amul Hasan Faruqi and others.

Mainuddin Ruhi, former joint secretary general of Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh, also confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.

The plaintiff in the case alleged that Shafi was murdered premeditatedly.

Taking it into cognizance, the court ordered Police Bureau Investigation (PBI) to investigate the case.

According to the case document, Shafi, despite his illness, was confined to Hathazari Madrasa and the accused vandalized his room. The ambulance carrying Shafi was obstructed and In’amul Hasan Faruqi played a key role in it. 

Shafi was mentally tortured and his oxygen mask was removed during the unrest at Hathazari Madrasa, the plaintiff alleged.

Shafi died while undergoing treatment at Asgar Ali Hospital in the capital on September 18. Shafi was the director general of Al-Jamiatul Ahlia Darul Ulum Moinul Islam, also known as the Hathazari Madrasa.

Hefazat was formed in 2010 and came to prominence by mobilizing opposition to the Shahbagh Movement in early 2013. 

It was then that its leaders issued their now infamous 13-point charter, which included demands for death penalty for atheists and certain restrictions on social gathering between men and women.