Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir has alleged the activists of the Jamaat-e-Islami and its student affiliate Islami Chhatra Shibir had carried out the attacks on the Awami League headquarters and engaged in clashes ‘in the guise’ of Hifazat-e Islam supporters.
“I have had talks with the Hifazat. They have said the
attackers were not their activists,” Alamgir told journalists on Sunday after
clashes broke out at Gulistan and attacks in front of the CPB and the Awami
“The Jamaat, Shibir activists had perpetrated the attacks
in the guise of Hifazat-e Islam supporters,” he claimed.
As the minister
was speaking, sounds of teargas shells being fired and home-made bombs being
exploded could be heard.
The Home Minister criticised the acts of
violence. “These (acts of violence) are unexpected. The Hifazat had said they
would hold their rallies peacefully but failed to keep their promise.”
called on the Hifazat to keep their promises and said necessary actions would be
taken wherever necessary.
Asked why the organisation was given rally
permission, Alamgir said, “They (the Hifazat) have been given permission to
rally according to the Constitution. They had resorted to violence although they
said their programme would be peaceful.”
The minister claimed the
situation was under control. “The whole situation is being monitored and the law
keepers are working with patience.”
He said the government was ready to
tackle the situation if it went out of control and warned that police would go
Clashes erupted at Paltan when groups of purported Hifazat
activists were going to Motijheel.
As the clashes continued, suspected
Hifazat activists torched a book shop beneath the Bangladesher Communist Party
office at Palatan. They also smashed glasses of the building.
later, at least 15 crude bombs exploded in front of the ruling party
headquarters on Sunday afternoon. Supporters of the Hifazat were passing by the
area with processions to attend their Motijheel rally. Soon clashes erupted at
the Bangabandhu Avenue and quickly spread to surrounding areas.
said several people were injured in the clashes.
Doctors at the Dhaka
Medical College and Hospital said one person died from bullet wounds and nearly
50 others were admitted there with injuries.
Asked whether the government
had plans to deploy the army of joint forces in this situation, Minister Alamgir
said steps would be taken after analysing situation.
He said the the
government had taken ‘necessary steps’ to ensure safety of the
When asked if authorities would take actions if the Hifazat did
not leave Motijheel after their Sunday’s rally, he said they were waiting to see
the group’s move.
State Minister for Home Shamsul Hoque Tuku blamed
Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia for ‘creating religious fanaticism’ since violence
came after her Saturday’s statement.
At a rally on Saturday, the BNP
chief had turned down Prime Minister’s offer for talks and alleged Sheikh Hasina
was staging a drama over the dialogue offer.
She had also served the
government a 48-hour deadline to accede the opposition’s demand for a non-party
neutral election-time government.