The authorities have issued permission for Islamist group Hefajat-e Islam to hold a rally in the capital’s commercial hub, Motijheel, instead of the north gate of Baitul Mokarram National Mosque at 3:00pm today.
“From the rally, our chief will announce the time of wrapping up the ongoing siege programme,” said Ahlullah Wasel, publicity wing chief of the Qawmi madrasa-based group, told The Daily Star.
The main podium will now be set up at Shapla Chattar, like the organisation did when it held a grand rally a month ago, on April 6.
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) nod came a day after the organisation sought permission for a rally in front of the north gate of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque.
The group has been holding a ‘Dhaka siege’ programme blocking all the entry points of the capital since Sunday morning to press home their 13-point demand including stern punishment to “atheist leaders” of the Shahbagh movement.
Earlier in the day, Mufti Fayezullah, joint secretary general of Hefajat, and Wasel expressed their determination to hold the rally in front of the north gate of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque even if the authorities did not issue them permission.
Hefajat appeal for permission to hold a rally in front of Baitul Mukarram mosque was turned down earlier.