Eight people have been jailed for inciting anarchy and violence among general mass over the arrest of Hefazat-e-Islam joint secretary general Mamunul Haque in Zakiganj of Sylhet.

The arrestees are: Sahab Uddin, 30, Zakaria, 32, Manzur Ahmed, 48, Shah Mortuza Ali Raju, 40, Zillur Rahman, 50, Humayun Azad, 45, Nurul Haque Khan, 47 and Kamil Ahmed, 22.

Officer-in-charge (OC) of Zakiganj Police Station Abul Qasim confirmed the news to UNB.

He said, “The arrests were made on Monday night following a case filed against 17 named and several unnamed accused under the Special Powers Act.”

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“Operations are currently underway to identify and arrest the others involved,” he added.

According to police and local sources, a group of people, mainly activists and leaders of Hefazat, BNP and Jamaat brought out a procession protesting Mamunul’s arrest in Shahgali area of Zakiganj at around 10:00pm on Monday.

Earlier on 18 April, joint secretary general of Hefajat-e-Islam, Mamunul Haque was arrested from a madrasa in Dhaka’s Mohammadpur area.

He was arrested in connection with a vandalism case filed against him with Mohammadpur Police Station.

The much controversial Hefazat leader was produced before the court the following day where the court placed him on a 7-day remand.

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