The spiritual leader (pir) of Charmonai yesterday asked Jamaat-e-Islami to stop the ongoing violence over the death sentence of Delawar Hossain Sayedee.
Mufti Syed Muhammad Rezaul Karim said the unrest had left scores dead and injured, many arrested, lots of establishments, including houses and worship centres of minorities, destroyed, causing damage worth crores of taka.
This has put the economy in an uncertainty and tarnished the country's image, he told a press conference at the Islami Andolan Bangladesh (IAB) office in the capital.
Chief of the IAB, Mufti Rezaul Karim, said Sayedee's trial process had not been finished yet and asked Jamaat and Islami Chhatra Shibir to have patience till the end.
"You should understand you are fighting in court through a judicial process. So extreme reaction should not be shown until the process ends."
He asked Jamaat-Shibir to refrain from activities that threaten civilians' lives and destroy people's property.
The Islamist leader blamed the government's "incompetence, lack of farsightedness, and vengefulness" for the unrest. He said the government should have thought earlier that sentencing Jamaat top leaders to death would generate strong reaction.
The IAB ameer asked the government to restore relief in the people and called for arrest of those who attacked minorities, killed police, and destroyed public property. He also demanded arrest of "atheist bloggers".
In protest of the ongoing anarchy, he called a month-long programme, including a grand rally in Dhaka on March 29.