Hasina govt continues to clamp down on Hefazat leaders despite reorganisation of the outfit


Hefazat leaders continue to be under the government spotlight

Within days of re-organisation of the Hefazat-e-Islam, Bangladesh’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), concerned about embezzlement and other undercover activities, has sought information on more than its 50 leaders, including Junaid Babunagari and Mamunul Haque, the Dhaka Tribune reported.

Just a few days ago, the Chittagong-based militant outfit announced a new 33-member committee with Babunagari as its Ameer or chief. However, Haque has not been included in the new committee.

The re-organistion of the outfit will pose fresh challenges to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who has been fighting the hydra-headed fundamentalist problem in the country.

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The Hasina government has clamped down on the HeI, filing over 77 cases against the members of the outfit, which controls most of the madrassas in the country. 

The DT report also said that the Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU) of the central bank has also been asked for information on the bank accounts of the members and their transaction information.

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“The ACC probe body working on the matter will interrogate them after receiving the information. Most of the leaders of the Qawmi madrasa-based group under the scanner are now in jail,” the report said.

That apart, the authorities have also sought information on their travel details outbound. 

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