A total of 219 people, who have returned home from Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain recently, were shown arrested under section 54 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) for their alleged involvement in tarnishing the image of government.
Turag police -- after gathering information from different sources about the people who were in a quarantine centre at Turag for 14 days --yesterday submitted a forwarding report to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court of Dhaka.
After evaluating the forwarding report placed before the court by Md Shafiullah, an inspector of Turag Police Station, Metropolitan Magistrate Debbrata Biswas granted it and ordered to send them to Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj.
In the forwarding report, Shafiullah who is also the investigation officer of the case, said the arrestees were convicted for different terms of punishment for their involvement in offences committed in the 3 countries.
But due to Covid-19 pandemic, the government of the countries commuted their punishment and sent them back to Bangladesh.
On their arrival, they were sent to an army-controlled quarantine centre for 14 days. But the arrestees were divided into groups and were making attempts to tarnish the image of the government in different ways, the report said.
After getting information about their anti-state activities, Turag police immediately informed it to the higher authorities of the government and submitted a petition with the Dhaka court for showing them arrested under section 54 of the CrPC.
The IO also appealed to the court to keep them in jail until the investigation is completed.
Talking to The Daily Star the IO said he was investigating the matter with care and he would submit a probe report to the court if he finds any involvement with anti-state activities.
Shahidul Islam, Nurul Islam, Liton Mirza, Zakir Hossain, Amir Hossain and Mizanur Rahman are among the arrestees.