Seven activists of the Jamaat-e-Islami and their student wing the Islami Chhatra Shibir have been arrested in connection with the murder of blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider, Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir has said.
The Minister was addressing
a meeting of the Professionals Coordination Council at the Home Ministry on
Wednesday. Journalists were present in that meeting.
He claimed that
a lot of progress has been made into the murder of the Shahbagh activist saying,
“The people who were directly and indirectly involved with this murder will be
brought to justice as soon as possible. This is our promise.”
to the scene of the crime soon after he was murdered. Rajib used to stay at his
house from time to time. His wife and his parents did not live there with
“The working theory is - this murder does not have any eye
witnesses. His autopsy and the manner in which he was killed suggest that he was
killed by Jamaat-Shibir men. The way he was hacked points towards Jamaat-Shibir,
because no one else kills like that.”
Council leaders presented a
nine point charter of demands that included actions against radicals belonging
to Jamaat and Shibir and also the arrest of Amar Desh Acting Editor Mahmudur
Rahman within 24 hours. They demanded that people responsible for killing
journalists should also be brought to justice.
The council leaders urged
the Home Minister to take strong steps against those who are trying to obstruct
the trial of war criminals by ‘spreading lies and
The Home Minister then expressed solidarity with the
council leaders saying, “These are also our demands.”
enforcers to combat strike
Law enforcers will take strong
positions during the Jamaat-e-Islami enforced dawn to dusk nationwide shutdown
scheduled for Thursday, according to Junior Minister for Home Shamsul Haque
Jamaat called the strike on Thursday to apparently coincide it with
a probable verdict on party leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee.
told journalists, that the law enforcers would combat attempts by shutdown
activists in order to prevent people from being harmed and their livelihood