Over 50 mosque khatibs in N’ganj go into hiding

NARAYANGANJ: More than 50 Khatibs in various mosques of the district went into
hiding to avoid arrest in cases filed in connection with May 6 clash with law
enforcers.The last Firday ( Juma) prayer in those mosques was offered by Imams and others
instead of regular Khatibs, banglanews correspondent reports.
Sources said most of Khaibs are involved with activities of Hefajat-e-Islam.
Meanwhile, many of devotees expressed their dissatisfactions for the absence of
regular Khatibs.
Wishing anonymity, a Hefajat-e-Islam leader said there are convener committees
of Hefajat-e-Islam in district and Upazila level of Narayanganj. The leaders
of these committees were Khatib and Imam in various mosques.
On May 6, a total of 12 cases were filed with Siddirganj and Sonargaon police
stations after the clash.
Narayanganj District Hefajat-e-Islam Ameer Moulana Abdul Awoal was made accused
in the cases. He is the Khatib of DIT Central Railway Jame Mosque.
On the other hand, District Hefajat leaders Abdul Kadir, Azizul Islam, Moulana
Ferdous Rahman are also Khatibs of various mosques. They are also absconding to
avoid arrest in the cases.
Siddhirganj Thana Officer-in-Charge Abdul Matin and Sonargoan Thana OC Atikur
Rahman said, “The cases were filed after getting evidence of involvement of
Hefajat leaders-activists in May 6’s violence. The operation is continuing to
catch them.”
At least 15 people, including two policemen and two members of Border Guard
Bangladesh (BGB), were killed and 100 others injured in clashes between the
activists of Hefajat-e-Islam and law enforcers in Sadar upazila on Monday.
(Source: banglanews24.com)

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