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No tribute for Piash at Shaheed Minar: DU

No tribute for Piash at Shaheed Minar: DU

Dhaka University authorities rejected the application to take Piash Karim’s body to Central Shaheed Minar on Friday for a citizen tribute. “We have rejected the application of Piash Karim’s family to hold a citizen tribute at the Shaheed Minar on Friday as another organisation was allowed earlier to hold its programme there on the same day and Saturday,” Amzad Ali, acting proctor of the university, told The Daily Star this evening. The university received an application from Piash’s family last night that sought permission to take his body at the...

CTG MADRASA BLAST

Mufti Izharul, son Harun indicted

Mufti Izharul, son Harun indicted

A Chittagong court today indicted Hefajat-e Islam Nayeb-e-Ameer Mufti Izharul Islam Chowdhury and his son Harun Bin Izhar over recovery of acid from a madrasa in Chittagong city where an explosion last year killed three people. Judge SM Mojibur Rahman of Metropolitan Sessions Judge Court in Chittagong framed the charges against the two in...

Hefajat's May 5 death claim questionable

Hefajat-e-Islam, an organisation of teachers and students of madrasas emerged in the arena of politics in February 2013 with a 13 point charter of demand. Their objective is to establish a Taliban type government in Bangladesh. To draw attention to their 13- point demand Hefajat arranged a huge gathering with the support of Jamaat and BNP at Shapla Square, the financial district of the country. Hefajat, Jamaat and BNP claimed that law enforcing agencies killed thousands of 'Alems'  to disperse...

Problem within for Hefajat

Problem within for Hefajat

The government has apparently managed to hush Hefajat-e Islam, which only a year ago literally declared war against the Hasina administration for “backing atheist bloggers” of Gonojagoron Mancha. The Qawmi madrasa-based organisation last month even announced that it has no enmity with the Awami League, Chhatra League or Jubo League. This change in attitude,...

Cops foil Hefajat procession in capital

Cops foil Hefajat procession in capital

Police today foiled a Hefajat-e Islam move to bring out a procession at Kamrangairchar in the capital protesting what they called "government action" on Hefajat’s May 5 rally last year. Several hundreds of Hefajat men under the banner of Bangladesh Khelafat Andolon gathered at Nuria Madrasa in Kamrangairchar this morning. They tried to bring out...

Arrest warrant against Mufti Izharul

Arrest warrant against Mufti Izharul

A Chittagong court today issued arrest warrant against Hefajat-e Islam nayeb-e-ameer Mufti Izharul Islam Chowdhury in a case filed for not submitting his wealth statement before the anti-graft body. Judge SM Mujibur Rahman of the Court of Chittagong Metropolitan Session Judge passed the order after accepting the charges brought against Izharul by Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), said ACC public prosecutor Mahmudul Haque Mahmud. After his investigation into the case, ACC Deputy Assistant Director HM Akhtaruzzaman submitted the charge sheet against him before another court on April 20, the ACC lawyer said. On September 17 last year, Sirajul Haque, divisional deputy assistant director of ACC-1, filed the case against Izharul, also president of Nezame...

AL our friend

Hefajat-e Islam Ameer Shah Ahmed Shafi yesterday said his organisation had no rivalry with the ruling Awami League or Sheikh Hasina-led government. "The Awami League and Chhatra League activists and people of Hasina-led government are our friends. We do not have any rivalry with them. "If someone says we have rivalry with Awami League, then it will be a wrong perception," he said, adding that they never blamed Hasina-led government. Shafi made the comments while addressing a gathering of thousands of Hefajat...

Grim Sermonising Goes on

Cause for huge concern

The ground of Chandpur Madinatul Hafezia Qawmi Madrasa in Natore was packed with villagers, students and a good number of women around 10:15pm on March 14. They had gathered there to listen to Islamic sermons. Hefajat-e Islam leader Mufti Mazharul Islam Rashedi, who went there from Dhaka, became violent at one stage of his sermon. “Islam is not safe under this government. Alems...ulams [Islamic scholars] are being harassed, while atheists are being rewarded for their anti-Islamic activities. There had been...

CTG MADRASA BLAST

Mufti Izhar, son indicted

Mufti Izhar, son indicted

Hefajat-e Islam leader Mufti Izharul Islam Chowdhury, his son and seven others were indicted today for a deadly bomb blast at a Chittagong madrasa last year.  Judge SM Mojibur Rahman of Metropolitan Sessions Judge Court in the port city also fixed April 28 for the next hearing, reports our Chittagong correspondent. Except Hefajat Nayeb-e-ameer Izharul,...

CTG MADRASA BLAST

Arrest warrant issued against Mufti Izhar

Arrest warrant issued against Mufti Izhar

A Chittagong court today issued an arrest warrant against Hefajat-e Islam nayeb-e-ameer Mufti Izharul Islam Chowdhury in a case filed in connection with an explosion at a madrasa last year. The blast occurred in a room of a dormitory of Al Jamiatul Ulum Al Islamia Madrasa in port city's Lalkhan Bazar on October 7, 2013. Three people died in the explosion. The Court of Chittagong Metropolitan Sessions Judge passed the order as Izharul did not appear before the court today. Izharul’s bail that he secured from the High Court expired March 25. After issuing the arrest warrant against Izharul, the court later fixed April 6 for framing charge against the nine accused including...

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