Police today pressed charges against 144 leaders and activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir for attacking law enforcers in the port city of Chittagong in 2012.
The defendants have also been charged with snatching around 20 rounds of bullet from police and vandalising a police vehicle on November 18, 2012, said Akram Hossain, a sub-inspector of Panchlaish Police Station, who led the investigation into the incident.
Jamaat's Chittagong city Ameer ANM Shamshul Islam and its Nayeb-e-Ameer Shahjahan Chowdhury are among the accused, the police officer told our Chittagong correspondent.
The Jamaat-Shibir men swooped on law enforcers on that day, leaving at least eight policemen and 11 others injured in Chittagong and Dhaka.
The day before, the Jamaat announced a countrywide "peaceful programmes", protesting government "oppression" on its leaders and filing of "false" cases against them. But the party did not give any details of its plan.
Law enforcers arrested six Jamaat-Shibir activists at Jatrabari, four at Motijheel and another six at Bangshal in Dhaka as also 42 Shibir men in Chittagong in the incidents.
Three cases were filed with Panchlaish Police Station in this connection.
Police also arrested 78 Jamaat-Shibir activists at different dormitories and messes in Chittagong.
Of the 78, a Chittagong court has sent 40 to jail.