February 06, 2017

Bangladesh: 24 ‘Islami Samaj members’ sent to jail

Dhaka Tribune

24 ‘Islami Samaj members’ sent to jail

  • Published at 10:09 AM February 06, 2017
  • A Chittagong court has sent 24 leaders and activists of radical Islamist group, Islami Samaj, to jail in a case filed with Pahartali Police Station under Special Power Act.
  • Chittagong Metropolitan Magistrate Nazmul Hossen Chowdhury passed the order on Sunday.
    “The court sent them to the jail rejecting their bail prayers. Earlier in the day, they were produced before the court with a remand plea,” Assistant Commissioner (AC) (Prosecution) Kazi Shahabuddin told the Dhaka Tribune.
    Members of Detective Branch and Special Task Group (STG) officials of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) in a drive arrested the suspected members of the blacklisted group from a flat in Chittagong city’s Nayabazar area on Friday night while they were holding a clandestine meeting.
    Police claimed that the members of the outfit had been working for establishing an Islamic state in Bangladesh like the other militant groups. However, police are yet to confirm which militant outfit “Islami Samaj” is exactly linked with.
    According to the Globalsecurity.org, Islami Samaj is a breakaway faction of Jamaat-e-Islami. The organisation was established in May 6, 1993 by Jamaat’s founding ameer Mufti Abdul Jabbar. In 1983, he formed a dissident group of Jamaat following his disagreement with Jamaat leader Ghulam Azam.
    The present ameer of the organisation is Syed Humayun Kabir, a former member of Islami Chhatra Shibir. The organisation’s objective is to establish Islamic rule in Bangladesh. It also opposes democracy as it believes that it is a man-made system and contradictory to Islam.
    Many Islamist parties and platforms like Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh and Islami Oikyo Jote, and banned militant groups want to establish Shariah Law in the country. Of the outlawed groups, Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh, Hizb ut-Tahrir and Ansarullah Bangla Team have been found involved in the recent targeted killings in the name of establishing Islam with the support of regional and Middle East-based Islamist outfits.