Bangladesh Islami Chhatra Sena, student wing of Bangladesh Islami Front, has threatened to enforce nationwide dawn-to-dusk hartal on Sunday if the killers of Supreme Court mosque imam Nurul Islam Faruki are not arrested by Saturday.
Unidentified assailants slit the throat of Faruki, 60, at his East Rajabazar house in the capital last night.
Chhatra Sena leaders issued the threat from a rally held in front of the Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka today protesting the brutal murder.
Chhatra Sena President Nurul Haque Chisty told The Daily Star, “We have issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the government to arrest the killers.”
Before holding the rally, the Chhatra Sena leaders and activists in a procession paraded different thoroughfares of the capital.
Earlier in the day, the student body called a daylong hartal in Chittagong district for Sunday demanding immediate arrest of the killers.
Protesting the murder, Chhatra Sena declared the hartal from a demonstration programme in front of Chittagong Press Club.
Meanwhile, hundreds of activists of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, an Islamist group, where Faruki was the international affairs secretary, blocked Muradpur intersection in the port city for three hours since 8:00am protesting the murder.
Later, they held a protest rally followed by a press conference at the press club from where the leaders declared a countrywide demonstration programme.
The party will hold protest rally across the country on August 30 and bring procession at divisional cities on August 31, Mosaheb Uddin Bakhtiar, a member secretary read out the written programme schedule.
We will announce further programmes on September 3, if the killers are not arrested by September 2, he added.
Earlier, activists of Ahle Sunnat and Chhatra Sena blocked Chittagong-Cox's Bazar highway in Patiya upazila for one and a half hour since 10:00am.
Meanwhile, victim’s son Faisal Faruki lodged the case with Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Police Station in Dhaka against eight unknown persons around 2:15am today, said Jahangir Hossain, a sub-inspector of the police station.
Talking to The Daily Star Online, Munsi Sabbir Ahmed, officer-in-charge of the police station and also investigation officer of the case, said "We have already started our investigation and initiated measures to nab the perpetrators."
Faruki, international affairs secretary of Islamist group Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, was also a presenter of Islamic programmes in two private television channels. He also owned a hajj agency, Faruki Tours and Travels Private Ltd.
The motive behind the murder was unclear.