Hefazate Islam Bangladesh, a Qaumi madrasa-based Islamist organisation, has announced a long march to Dhaka on April 6 demanding punishment to “atheist bloggers who insulted Islam”.
“Religious offences are more significant than war crimes,” Mohibullah Babunagari, senior nayeb-e-ameer of Hefazate Islam, said while announcing the programme Thursday afternoon.
He was addressing a press conference at the office of Metropolitan Union of Journalists on Jubilee Road in Chittagong city.
The radical Islamist also rejected the nine-member government body formed to keep watch on social media.
The senior nayeb-e-ameer of the Islamist organisation demanded the government should constitute a committee comprising Quran-Hadith experts and IT specialists.
The nine-member committee was formed on Wednesday to find out those making objectionable comments against Islam and Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh) using Facebook and blogs.
The government formed the committee with the representatives of the Prime Minister’s Office, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, law and judicial department, information ministry, religious affairs ministry, directors general of National Security Intelligence and Directorate General of Forces Intelligence and the additional deputy inspector general (special branch) of police.
During the press briefing on Thursday, Hefazate Islam threatened the government with enforcing a hartal if any blogger delivers speech at the rally of Gonojagoron Mancha in Chittagong slated for Friday afternoon.
Earlier, Gonojagoron Mancha protesters postponed their March 13 rally in the port city amid threats from the radical Islamists and imposition of Section 144 by police.
The Gonojagoron Mancha organisers have been staging demonstration across the country for the death penalty of the war criminals since a crimes tribunal sentenced life term imprisonment to Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah on February 5.