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Hefazat attempts to declare new committee

  • Published at 12:49 am June 7th, 2021
File photo of Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh Chief Junayed Babunagari Dhaka Tribune

Junaid Babunagari, Nurul Islam Jihadi at the helm again

Qawmi madrasa-based Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam is set to announce its new central committee on Monday with Junaid Babunagari and his cousin Nurul Islam Jihadi retaining the top positions.

A list of the 38-strong committee used was obtained by Bangla Tribune on Sunday night. 

The announcement is set to come from a press conference at a madrasa in Khilgaon Chowrasta, reports Bangla Tribune quoting a source of Nurul Islam Jihadi, who is the secretary general of the new central body. 

The previous committee was dissolved on the night of April 25. Hours later, Hefazat announced a convening committee. 

Chief advisors of the convening committee are Junaid Babunagari, his uncle Muhibullah Babunagri and cousin Nurul Islam. 

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Two other members of the committee are Salauddin Nanupuri and Prof Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury. Salauddin’s younger brother is married to Babunagari’s daughter.

Babunagari becomes the ameer of the organization while convening committee members Salauddin of Chittagong and Prof Mizanur of Gazipur named nayeb-e-ameer.

Chittagong-based leader of Bangladesh Khelafat Andolan Mir Idris is on the list as the organizing secretary. He told Bangla Tribune that he would be present at the press conference.

Many top Hefazat leaders have been arrested recently for their alleged involvement in the countrywide violence that claimed at least 17 lives during violent protests against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bangladesh visit in March.

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Two cases were filed against Junayed Babungari in connection with his alleged involvement in the violence in Chittagong's Hathazari.

Top leaders of the group have met with the home minister, and demanded release of its leaders and withdrawal of the cases.

Last month, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) launched an investigation into more than 50 leaders of Hefazat, including Junaid Babungari and former joint secretary general Mamunul Haque, on charges of embezzlement and corruption.

An eight-member team has been formed to look into the allegations which say they have embezzled a huge sum of money from the organization's funds, various madrassas, orphanages, Islamic institutions and foreign aid for religious purposes.