BNP joint secretary general Aslam Chowdhury was shown arrested in the port city yesterday, in a case filed with Hathzari Police Station in 2013 in connection with a fierce clash between activists of Hefajat-e-Islam and law enforcers.
The court of Senior Judicial Magistrate Shahidullah Kaisar passed the order after Aslam -- BNP's nomination aspirant for Chattogram-4 constituency -- was produced before the court by police.
After showing the BNP leader arrested in the case, the court sent him to jail, said Court Inspector Bijan Kumar Barua.
Aslam, who stands accused in a number of cases, filed his nomination paper to contest the December 30 national election, but his nomination was rejected by the returning officer (RO) concerned, citing loan default as the reason.
On May 5, 2015, a violent clash took place in Hathazari upazila of Chattogram, following a rumour involving Hefajat chief Shah Ahmed Shafi's arrest in Dhaka. The violence left at least five people dead and many injured, according to media reports.
Police later filed a case in connection with murder, subversive activities and use of explosives with Hathazari Police Station.
Aslam was arrested on May 15, 2016, for his alleged involvement in an anti-government plot, in association with an Israeli politician. A photograph of him with the Israeli politician went viral on social media.