Arrested 28 female Jamaat activists on 2-day police remand


Dhaka, February 3: A Dhaka court on Friday afternoon granted remand for 28 women members of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh  who were arrested from the city’s Mohammadpur area on Thursday on charge of “unseating the government in illegal and planned way.”
Inspector Shariful Islam of Mohammadpur Police Station, also the investigating officer of the case, produced the accused before the court seeking a seven-day remand for them in a case filed under Special Powers Act on Friday.
Later, the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Delwar Hossain granted the remand for two days after hearing in the case at 4:00pm.
Earlier, Deputy commissioner (DC) of Tejgaon Division of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Biplob Kumar Sarker stated at a press conference at Mohammadpur Police Station on Friday morning that police would plead to the court to place the arrested women on remand.
He claimed that the women assembled there for “subversive acts.”
Biplob Kumar Sarker said police arrested 28 women from the first floor of a house (No. 11/7) at Tajmahal Road sometime between 2:00pm and 2:30pm on Thursday. The house is owned by one Shahnaz Begum.
Acting on a tip-off, police went the house, but the women shut down the door from inside. When police attempted to break down the door, they opened it. At that time, 50 leaflets were seized from their possession which were published for Jamaat-e-Islami workers. Besides, 225 monthly forms, three books written by Jamaat-e-Islami founder Golam Azam and one book written by Moulana Matiur Rahman Nizami were also seized from their possession.
Biplob Sarker said that the police learnt that the arrested women were Rokon-level workers of Jamaat-e-Islami.
“The arrested women planned to commit subversive acts. They might have been involved in militancy. Police filed a case against them under Special Powers Act,” he said, adding that police pleaded to the court to place the women under a seven-day remand.
The police official said the arrested 28 women were trying to conceal their identities. They were not disclosing their full names and their involvement in the organisation. However, police learnt that the arrested women were higher educated persons. They work as teachers at different colleges and universities, and also as doctors. They also included members of the families of the accused of crimes against humanity.
The arrested women were: Shahnaz Begum, 56, Naima Akhter, 55, Umme Khaleda, 40, Zohra Begum, 35, Syeda Shahina Akter, 40, Umme Kulsum, 42, Jesmin Khan, 43, Khodeza Akter, 32, Salma Huque, 45, Sakia Taslim, 47, Selina Sultana Sweety, 48, Hafsa, 55, Aklima Ferdous, 37, Roksana Begum, 51, Afsana Mimi, 25, Sharifa Akter, 53, Rubina Akter, 38, Taslima, 52, Asma Khatun, 35, Sufia, 41, Anwara Begum, 46, Yasmin Akter, 41, Sadia, 45, Fatema Begum, 51, Umme Atea, 46, Ruma Akter, 32, Razia Akter, 42 and Rahima Khatun, 30.