Hefajat mayhem: 2 imams arrested for ‘spreading rumours’ in Brahmanbaria | The Daily Star
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Hefajat mayhem: 2 imams arrested for ‘spreading rumours’ in Brahmanbaria

Two imams have been arrested for allegedly spreading rumour and taking part in Hefajat-incited violence in Brahmanbaria, according to a press release sent from the Special Branch of the district police.

Delwar Hossain Belali, a member of Hefajat district committee and Imam of Bangabandhu High School Jame Mosque; and Iqbal Hossain, Imam of Harinadi Jame Mosque, were arrested at Ghatura village early today.

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According to the police, the duo spread rumour over Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to Bangladesh. They joined in the violence and also provoked Hefajat men to carry on subversive activities by giving announcements from the respective mosques during the mayhem.

Besides, four more supporters of Hefajat were arrested early today in connection with the cases filed over the incident. 

With them, in total 359 people were arrested till today in 56 cases filed over the March 26-28 mayhem in Brahmanbaria, said Md Roish Uddin, additional superintendent of district police.

Among the 56 cases -- 49 were filed with Brahmanbaria Sadar Police Station, four with Ashuganj Police Station, two with Sarail Police Station, and one with Akhaura Railway Police Station.

The cases were filed against 414 named and more than 39,000 unknown individuals.

The Additional SP told The Daily Star that those accused in the cases were identified from photos and video footages of the incidents.

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