IOJ chief freed hrs after detention

Islami Oikya Jote Chairman Abdul Latif Nejami was released hours after he was picked up by detectives in the capital on Tuesday.

The Detective Branch of police detained him around 4:30pm from the party office at Noakhali Tower at the city’s Paltan and released around 8:15pm, Nejami told The Daily Star.

The IOJ is a key partner of an alliance of the eight Islamist parties demanding punishment of the bloggers of Shahbagh movement for what they said “insulting Islam and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)”.

The IOJ also a component of the BNP-lead 18-party grand alliance, Ehtesham Sarwar, a joint secretary general of the IOJ, who was picked up along with Nejami, was also released.

Talking to The Daily Star Nejami, said plain cloths police in microbuses went to the IOJ office after Asr prayers and requested him to go with them.

The officials drove me to their office at Mintoo Road. They behaved well and entertained me with tea and biscuits.

Around 8:15pm, they dropped me near my residence at Tikatuli.

Along with scores of activists of the Islamist parties, Nejami was accused in cases filed for Friday violence in the capital.

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