“The detainees are being questioned on their links with the banned outfits, at the Kotwali police station,” Muzahidul Islam, assistant commissioner of Kotwali zone, told the news agency.

A leader of the metropolitan unit of BNP, on condition of anonymity, said, “Some current and former leaders of Tery Bazar Traders’ Association are among the detainees.”

Rezaul Karim, officer-in-charge of Kotwali police station, said that some people were detained during a drive but refused to give further details.

Meanwhile, Jamaat leaders of the port city remained unavailable for a comment on the detention of the suspected activists.

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