Sedition case against Babunagari: Court asks PBI to submit report within Jan 7


Dhaka, Dec 07: A Dhaka court on Monday asked the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) to submit a report within January 7 after investing the cases filed against three people, including Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh chief Junaid Babunagari for their opposition to setting up of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s sculptures.

Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sotyabrata Shikder passed the order.

Earlier, in the day, two cases were filed against the three people.

President of Muktijoddha Mancha Aminul Islam Bulbul and executive president and founder of Bangabandhu Foundation Advocate Moshiur Malek filed the cases with the court of Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sotyabrata Shikder on Monday.

Two other accused of the cases are Islami Andolan Bangladesh Nayeb-e-Ameer Faizul Karim and Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh acting Secretary General Mamunul Haque.

Hefazat chief Junaid Babunagari threatened to tear down all the statues in the country while addressing an event at Chittagong’s Hathazari on November 27.

On November 13, Islami Andolan Bangladesh Nayeb-e-Ameer Faizul Karim and Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh Joint Secretary General Mamunul Haque opposed the setting up of Bangbandhu’s sculptures.

The making of a sculpture of Bangabandhu in the capital has recently stirred a lot of controversies.

On Saturday, an under-construction sculpture of Bangabandhu was vandalized in Kushtia.

Police on Sunday arrested four people, including two teachers of Kushtia Ibn Masud R Madrasah at Jugiya Paschimpara in the town in connection with the vandalism.

Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Khandakar Mohiuddin said the arrestees smashed the sculpture instigated by the speeches of Faizul Karim and Mamunul Haque.

Earlier in the day, the High Court asked the authorities concerned to take measures to ensure the security of all sculptures of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman across the country.

On Sunday, a writ petition was filed with the High Court (HC) seeking security of all sculptures including those of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Supreme Court lawyer Uttam Lahiri filed the writ petition.