When the government, law enforcement and intelligence agencies of the country are tirelessly working in combating all sorts of anarchism centering recent visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who visited Bangladesh to attend the Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence and Birth Centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, a number of anti-state individuals are spreading anti-state propaganda through various social media and video sharing network, with open call for waging jihad against the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Investigative reporters of Blitz has identified a Facebook post of an individual named Shahana Rashid, where she has posted a video statement of a controversial Islamist named Moulana Azhari, which contains extremely offensive remarks against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bangladesh visit, while hundreds of people have left comments in the same post, where some of them have called for waging jihad [against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government]. Such notoriety is taking place when the government has warned of dire actions for inciting violence.
Commenting on the recent anarchism of Hefazat-e-Islam, Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told reporters: Their tactics and involvement of Basherkella make it clear that the militant outfits that previously tried to create terror and anarchy has been newly incorporated…
We are looking into all the issues. No matter where they are, no one will be spared.
Asked who he meant by militant groups, the home minister said, “You have seen before that there are some banned militant outfits…including the Jamaat-e-Islami”.
“When we put it together, we see that the leaders of these militant groups have been leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami before. Harkat-ul-Jihad, Ansar-Ullah Bangla Team, whatever you say, the main leadership of all of these outfits have come from Jamaat-Shibir,” said the minister.
He also said, “Why are homes of innocent people burning today and why is government property being ruined? We are guessing that the reason behind this may be the same as those for previous attempts of sabotage. It can be Jamaat-Shibir or the BNP. We are checking all the issues”.
About Hefajat’s strike on March 28, the minister said vandalism after enforcing hartal (strike) is one issue and observing the hartal after it’s enforced is another issue.
“They have no right to vandalism,” he said.
A specific reason to create an untoward situation and foil the country’s peaceful movement has worked behind setting fires in houses in Brahmanbaria, attacks on police outposts and putting 10~12 year-old children on the streets, said the minister.
“Even the Brahmanbaria press club was set on fire, a journalist was injured and houses of Chhattra League men, Awami League men and the district council chairman were set on fire. If these are not stopped then we will take necessary action,” the minster warned.
Asked about taking lawful action against the culprits, he said, “We are observing the situation with patience but now we will foil these efforts and they will be brought to book”.
Editor of Blitz and internationally acclaimed multi-award-winning anti militancy journalist Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury has already drawn attention of Bangladesh Police, Cyber Crime Unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police and other senior officials on this matter.
According to media reports, Shahana Rashid is involved in money laundering and terror financing.