Top leaders of the Hifazat-e Islam have been accused in 12 cases of murder, vandalism, arson and destruction of properties and other charges.
The lawsuits were filed at Paltan and Motijheel police stations
in the capital, Deputy Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (Motijheel
division) Nazmul Alam said on Monday night.
A Motijheel Division police
official also confirmed told bdnews24.com that the cases were lodged on Monday
night. Of them, a murder case was filed with the Paltan police.
filed five of the cases while the rest were lodged by the victims, the official
Asked in which case Hifazat Secretary General Junaid Babu Nagari
would be shown arrested, the police official said it was yet to be
Most of the accused in these cases are the top leaders of the
Hifazat, a little-known Chittagong-based radical group which allegedly has
strong Jamaat-e-Islami backing and has also gained support from main opposition
The cases were lodged over the clashes between Hifazat supporters
and law enforcers from Sunday noon until evening.
At least 14 people died
during the violent clashes at the capital's Paltan, Gulistan, Dainik Bangla,
Bijoynagar and Motijheel.
Hifazat supporters smashed and torched numerous
shops and vehicles in those areas during that time and set fire to the Communist
Party of Bangladesh headquarters. They set ablaze at least 750 shops on three
sides of the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque – north, south and west – including
book stores on the footpath that sold the Quran, the Hadith and other religious
A joint raid by police, RAB and BGB in the wee hours of Monday
drove the Hifazat supporters out from Motijheel. One of the policemen was
reportedly stabbed to death at Razarbagh by retreating Hifazat