by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
A Dhaka court on Monday allowed investigators to conduct custodial interrogation of Mamunul Haque, one of the top figures of a hardline Islamist group, for carrying out attacks on person and driving him away from inside a mosque in Dhaka last year.
Haque, the joint general secretary of the Hefazat-Islam Bangladesh, was arrested on Sunday at a Madrassa in Dhaka’s Mohammadpur neighbourhood for his alleged involvement in the case.
His Hefazat-e-Islam group is blamed for last month’s deadly protests against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bangladesh visit that left at least 15 people dead and numerous public and private establishment damaged. But he was not formally accused in any of the cases related to the anti-Modi protest.
Haque was taken to the headquarters of the detective branch of police after he was arrested on Saturday. He was driven to court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate on Monday morning, and produced before one of the courts.
The court granted the police plea for seven-day of custodial interrogation of the Hefazat leader, rejecting his bail prayers, said prosecution lawyer Abdullah Abu.
He said the investigators need him to interrogate further to find who are the other people involved in the case, filed by an individual in on March 6,2020.
The plaintiff alleged that Haque and his associates beat and drive him away from the mosque when he appeared there for saying prayers . The attackers also snatched away his money, he alleged.
Mamunul Haque came in discussion recently after local people besieged him at a resort in Narayanganj when he visited it along with a woman, whom he later identified as his second wife.