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Jamaat, ICS men clash with cops, torch police van

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ACTIVISTS of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student front Islami Chhatra Shibir clashed with police at Paltan area Thursday afternoon protesting the detention of former Jamaat chief Ghulam Azam.

According to primary information received from Paltan Police Station, at least three policemen were injured. Nothing could be known about the injury of the protesters.

“After the incident, we picked up three of them (protesters) in Motijheel for attacking police and vandalising our vehicle,” Ashrafuzzaman, assistant commissioner of Detective Branch of police, told The Daily Star.

The protesters brought out a procession in Paltan area around 5:00pm. As police intercepted it, they threw brickbats on the law enforcers and torched a police van.

Police lobbed tear gas and charged baton to disperse the protesters.

Ghulam Azam was sent to jail Wednesday on charges of committing crimes against humanity and peace, genocide and war crimes during Bangladesh’s Liberation War 40 years ago.

The International Crimes Tribunal, rejecting his petition for bail, ordered sending Azam, who stands accused on 62 specific charges, to Dhaka Central Jail.

According to history, Jamaat under Ghulam Azam’s leadership opposed the country’s independence during the Liberation War and cooperated with the Pakistani occupation army in committing heinous crimes.

Although Ghulam Azam stepped down from the highest post [ameer] of his party over a decade ago, his followers still consider him as the supreme spiritual leader.


1 Comment

  1. sdcuk says:

    Thank you for your summary. However it is factually incorrect to say that ‘according to history’ Jamaat collaborated with Pakistan to commit crimes. Actually, there is no evidence that Jamaat leaders sanctioned any such activity. This myth has been fostered by successive AL governments to discredit opposition leaders. I suggest that you find out more about the facts in order to give your posts more credibility.

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