Police arrested five leaders and activists of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami in Rangpur and Barisal districts yesterday and the day before.
In Rangpur, police arrested two Jamaat men on Saturday on charge of their alleged involvement in attacking devotees at Pawtana Haat Jame Mosque in Pirgachha upazila after Juma prayers on Friday, reports our correspondent.
The arrestees are Md Abdul Awal, 50, of Pawtana Haat area and Md Mottalib Hossain, 37, of Shibdeb village in the upazila, both activists of Chhawla union unit of Jamaat.
Police and villagers said, after Juma prayers on Friday, a group of devotees, led by Aminul Islam, a sub-inspector of Lalmonirhat Police Lines and a resident of Pawtana Haat area protested against the Imam of the mosque Maulana Mahmudul for not offering prayers for the departed soul of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman during the munajat as the day was the National Mourning Day.
Following it, another group of devotees, including Jamaat-Shibir men, swooped on them, leaving at least five devotees including Aminul Islam injured.
Being informed police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control.
Mokbul Hossain, officer in-charge of Pirgachha Police Station, said Aminul Islam lodged a case accusing 25 people on Friday night in this connection.
In the case he also mentioned name of 12 leaders and activists of BNP and Jamaat-Shibir, including the arrestees.
Later, police raided different areas and arrested Md Abdul Awal and Md Mottalib Hossain.
In Barisal, Muladi police yesterday arrested three leaders and activists of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh including municipality Jamaat secretary Abul Hossain alias Babul Master, reports our correspondent.
Md. Alauddin, officer in-charge at Muladi Police Station, said they arrested them from the residence of Maulana Golam Azam at Hosnabad village.
Police arrested them when they were holding a secret meeting to plan subversive activities, he added.