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4 Hizb ut-Tahrir men arrested

Star Online Report

Four suspected members of the banned militant outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir Bangladesh were arrested at Chittagong city on Monday.

Panchlaish police however disclosed the arrests on Tuesday, reports our staff correspondent in Chittagong.

The arrestees are Muntasir Alam Rajib, 22, Hamidul Islam Tarek, 21, Md Ibrahim, 20, and Zahidul Islam Zahid, 20.

Officer-in-Charge of Panchlaish Police Station Nobo Jyoti Khisha said he with the help of patrol police arrested Tarek, Ibrahim and Zahid at CDA Avenue Monday afternoon following their suspicious movement.

They also recovered 31 leaflets of Hizb ut-Tahrir from their possessions.

In the evening, Muntasir was arrested when he went to the police station to know the reason behind the arrest of Tarek, Ibrahim and Zahid.

On primary interrogation, Muntasir admitted his involvement with the banned outfit, the OC said.

Published On: 2009-10-26
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2 Hizbut offices raided
Publications seized; banks asked to freeze its accounts; Mohiuddin on forced leave
Staff Correspondent
A police official pulls a sign off the door at the Hizb ut-Tahrir ‘s Purana Paltan office yesterday. Law enforcers busted the Dhaka central office and Sylhet divisional office of the recently banned organisation. Photo: SK Enamul Haq

Police yesterday raided the Dhaka central office and Sylhet divisional office of recently banned Islamist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir Bangladesh, and seized its publications, and various other documents and properties.

The same day Bangladesh Bank (BB) issued an order to all banks across the country to freeze all accounts of the banned outfit.

The central bank gave the instruction according to the Anti-terrorism Act 2009 which empowers the authorities to freeze bank accounts of any banned outfit.

The Dhaka University syndicate decided to send Mohiuddin Ahmed, associate professor of Institute of Business Administration and chief coordinator of Hizb ut-Tahrir Bangladesh, on forced leave indefinitely for his involvement with the banned outfit.

Meanwhile, police kept Mohiuddin confined to his residence on Green Road in the capital throughout the day.

“We’ll arrest him if the authorities instruct us to do so,” said a Detective Branch official, wishing anonymity.

A large contingent of Motijheel police raided the head office of the banned outfit on the forth floor of Siddique Mansion at Purana Paltan around 12 noon and seized several computers, several hundred CDs, a large number of books, leaflets, posters, and various other materials.

The raid came after a Dhaka court permitted it along with seizure of publications and properties of Hizb ut-Tahrir which the government had banned on October 22 saying the group is a threat to public security. After the four-hour drive police shut down the office.

Motijheel Zone Deputy Commissioner Khandaker Mahid Uddin who led the drive said the seized materials will help law enforcers in their investigation.

“We have seized these properties and documents on information that the banned outfit was planning to carry out subversive acts, and its leaders are some of the masterminds of anti-state activities,” DC Mahid Uddin said.

Police said the organisation has at least 24 publications and innumerable leaflets and posters, and that they collected books and documents about jihad.

Since the banning, police had kept the central office cordoned off disallowing anyone to enter.

Officer-in-charge of Paltan Police Majibur Rahman said, “The materials were seized after we broke the lock of the office which had been under our observation.”

Earlier in the morning, Sub-inspector Shahjahan of Paltan Police filed a petition with a Dhaka court seeking permission to raid the office and to seize materials from it.

DU SYNDICATE MEETING
DU Vice Chancellor Prof Arefin Siddique said Mohiuddin will be on forced leave until the university syndicate makes any further decision.

However, the syndicate at the emergency meeting did not decide the fate of Prof Golam Mowla, a teacher of management department and also member of Hizb ut-Tahrir central committee.

“We have discussed the overall situation regarding Mohiuddin’s involvement with Hizb ut-Tahrir. We have sent Mohiuddin on forced leave to prevent him from causing any harm to the congenial atmosphere at the university,” Arefin Siddique said.

RAID ON SYLHET HIZBUT OFFICE
Our staff correspondent reported from Sylhet that Kotwali police there seized over 500 books and leaflets of the organisation, raiding its Sylhet divisional office in Ambarkhana area.

Police broke the lock there as well to enter the office, and seized books and other materials, and then shut the office down.

The office was located on the ground floor of a multi-storied building, which also houses a private hospital.

Regional chapter operatives of the outfit removed its signboard and went into hiding following the banning of the organisation, local residents said.

Police said a board containing a list of the outfit’s organisational activities, about 500 jihadi books, a carpet, and leaflets including some on the recent BDR mutiny were seized from the office.

The office used to remain locked almost always, except during meetings or other events in there, said some of the local residents.

Hizb ut-Tahrir is an international Islamist organisation founded in Jerusalem in 1953. It started its activities in Bangladesh in 2000. It is a pan-Islamist group, the goal of which is to establish a global Islamic caliphate. It has been banned in a number of other countries as well, mainly in Central Asia and the Middle East.

Source: http://www.thedailystar.net/story.php?nid=111369

Interesting, isn’t it? Just the other day the spokesman for Hizb ut-Tahrir America told the press that HuT is a peaceful organization which does not use violence. Yet, Hizb ut-Tahrir in Bangladesh has been tied to inciting another mutiny within the Army. Oh yes, this is very peaceful.

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

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Tahrir tried to create another mutiny

Arrested leader confessed during interrogation, claim cops; 4 more activists held

Mukhlesur Rahman

Hizb-ut Tahrir tried to capitalise on the 2009 BDR mutiny and trigger an uprising in the army to make the situation more volatile.

Founder leader of Hizb-ut Tahrir Bangladesh Golam Maola during preliminary interrogation said he played a significant role in distributing provocative leaflets regarding the army at the BDR headquarters in Pilkhana just after the mutiny.

An intelligence agency had recovered such leaflets from Pilkhana and since then they had been trying to find the people behind it.

Prof Syed Golam Maola told interrogators that they tried to capitalise on the discontent among army personnel caused by the killing of 57 army officials in the hands of the paramilitary jawans during the mutiny.

Interrogators said Hizb-ut operatives distributed leaflets bearing the “Jaago Muslim Senabahini Jaago” (rise up the army of the Muslims) slogan in and around the Bangladesh Rifles headquarters after the February 25-26 mutiny.

Interrogators said Hizb-ut Tahrir tried to create another mutiny in the army.

Detective Branch of police produced Golam Maola before a Dhaka court yesterday, which placed him on a three-day remand. He was arrested Thursday.

Maola, a lecturer of management department of Dhaka University, is accused in three cases filed with Uttara Police Station under Anti-Terrorism Act, Deputy Commissioner Mahbubor Rahman of DB said.

Mahbubor claimed that Maola used to monitor all publications, literatures and write-ups of the banned Islamist organisation.

Assistant Commissioner of DB Solaiman said Maola after the mutiny held several seminars in the capital at which he delivered provocative speeches and distributed leaflets and other publications.

Maola during the interrogation said they have a panel with the job of checking all the leaflets and publications and he is a member of that panel. They wanted to convey their message to the army through the people, Maola told interrogators.

He also said they were also developing relations with Jamaat-e-Islami.

Deputy Commissioner Mahbubor said, “Recently Maola had been keeping regular contact with a Jamaat leader.”

They were trying to forge a secret alliance with Jamaat to destabilise the government by creating anarchy across the country so that they can foil the trial of war criminals, the police official claimed.

Mahbubor, however, said they are verifying the information gleaned from Maola regarding the Jamaat connection.

The government imposed a ban on Hizb-ut Tahrir on October 22 last year in connection with its anti-state and anti-democratic activities.

Hizb ut-Tahrir Bangladesh had been launching open campaign for last few years calling people to establish its self-styled Khilafat rule.

Despite the ban, the organisation is still holding processions at different places.

Police have arrested 300 leaders and workers of the organisation including its chief coordinator Mohiuddin Ahmed, an associate professor of the IBA at Dhaka University, and deputy chief Kazi Morshedul Haque.

Islami thinker Tokiuddin Al Nakhani formed Hizb-ut Tahrir, also banned in many countries across the globe, in 1953 in Jerusalem, five years after Israel occupied Palestine.

Meanwhile, police last night arrested four suspected leaders, including Chittagong unit chief Nur Mohammad, of the banned outfit from the capital’s Kalabagan area.

The other detainees are Mohammad Nasir Uddin Majumder Jilani, 24, Rakib Uddin Ahmmed, 35, and Sheikh Omar Sharif alias Russell.

The four were arrested around 10:30pm while preparing for a meeting at a rented flat on Crescent Road.

Syed Nurul Islam, additional deputy commissioner (ADC) of Ramna division, told The Daily Star yesterday that the intelligent department informed them that the Hizb ut-Tahrir activists had been living in the building and were preparing for an inter-divisional meeting.

All the four arrestees are former students of Chittagong University and were involved in last Sunday’s rampage in the port city, said the ADC, adding that they have seized a number of “jihadi” books, leaflets and some other documents from their possession.

A case was lodged against them under Anti-terrorism Act with Kalabagan Police Station, said the ADC.

The Tahrir leaders were detained a day after the arrest of their advisor Prof Syed Golam Maola of Dhaka University.

The government banned Hizb ut-Tahrir on October 22 last year for its anti-state and anti-democratic activities, but the outfit is still holding processions at different places on different occasions escaping police watch.

Source: http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=146138

Hizb ut-Tahrir linchpin arrested
Tue, Apr 20th, 2010 3:35 pm BdST
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Dhaka, Apr 20 (bdnews24.com) –Police have arrested the banned Islamist outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir’s chief coordinator for Bangladesh operations Mahiuddin Ahmed in Dhaka.

Deputy DMP commissioner, Uttara Zone, Nesarul Arif told bdnews24.com they had picked him up early on Tuesday from his Green Road house in connection with a bomb case.

Two activists of Hizb ut-Tahrir were arrested with two petrol bombs at Uttara and a case over the incident was filed. Mahiuddin was shown arrested in the case.

Police took Mahiuddin to the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court for Dhaka and asked for remand to question him.

Mahiuddin, also spokesman for the group in Bangladesh, and an associate professor of the Institute of Business Administration of Dhaka University, is facing charges of trying to reorganise the group.

The university authorities sent him into forced retirement after the government banned the Islamist outfit on Oct 23.

Hizb ut-Tahrir has become active in recent times, with its activists taking out a procession in Chittagong last week.

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Friday, October 23, 2009
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Hizb ut-Tahrir banned
Staff Correspondent

The government yesterday banned all kinds of activities of Hizb ut-Tahrir Bangladesh in the interests of public security.

“The organisation has been banned as it has been carrying out anti-state, anti-government, anti-people and anti-democratic activities for long in the country,” Home Minister Sahara Khatun told The Daily Star.

She said a circulation would be issued soon to this end.

“The file on banning Hizb ut-Tahrir came to me today [Thursday] and I signed it,” Sahara said adding some other similar organisations, which have been carrying out subversive activities, would be banned step by step.

Home Secretary Abdus Sobhan Sikder said, “From today [Thursday] the organisation’s activities have been banned for the sake of public security.”

Hizb ut-Tahrir is an international Islamist political party founded in Jerusalem in 1953.

The party started its activities in Bangladesh in 2000. According to Hizb ut-Tahrir’s website (www.khilafat.org), Mohiuddin Ahmed is the chief coordinator and spokesman of the party and its central office is located at HM Siddique Mansion, 55/A Purana Paltan, 4th Floor, Dhaka.

The previous BNP-Jamaat government had banned four organisations –Huji, Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh, Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh and Shahadat-e Al Hikma — for their connection with militancy.

Source:  http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=110960

Police foil Hizb ut-Tahrir news briefing
Dhaka, Oct 23 (bdnews24.com)—Police on Friday stopped newly disbanded Islamist outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir Bangladesh from holding a news conference, but detained no-one.

The home ministry on Thursday disbanded the political organisation, considering it a threat to public safety.

The organisation’s chief coordinator Mohiuddin Ahmed, a Dhaka University associate professor at the Institute of Business Administration, organised the news conference at his residential quarters at the IBA hostel on Green Road at 11am.

Police took position around the hostel prior to the conference and as soon as the briefing began, they stormed the spot and announced that Hizb ut-Tahrir being a banned entity would not be allowed to conduct any campaigning or other activities.

“The home ministry has put a ban on this organisation’s activities,” Tejgaon zone additional deputy police commissioner Mohammed Moniruzzaman told bdnews24.com.

“Any campaigning or similar activity of the organisation will be considered illegal and therefore, under orders from the authorities, we have stopped them from briefing reporters,” he added.

Home minister Sahara Khatun told bdnews24.com Thursday, “Hizb ut-Tahrir has been banned after we received the final report on its activities from the intelligence department.”

Home secretary Abdus Sobhan Sikder told bdnews24.com, “We have for long watched the organisation. We learnt that a number of countries including Turkey already banned Hizb ut-Tahrir for being involved in terrorist activities.”

“We too considered it a threat to public safety and so disbanded its activities.”

The party that started operations in Bangladesh in 2001 and the organisation has since been carrying out political activities openly, insisting on the need for a Khilafat-based governance system.

Four organisations have been banned in Bangladesh since 2001 on charges of links with militancy. They are Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami, Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh, Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh and Shahadat-e Al Hikma.

Prof Mohiuddin Ahmed had told bdnews24.com back in 2007 that their workers in the country numbered around 1,000 and supporters, another 10,000.

“We do not endorse the traditional elections, because polls only change leaders. The system or ideals remain unchanged. Changing the government through effecting mass upsurge is what we need,” he had said.

Hizb ut-Tahrir activities have already also been banned in Germany, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kirgyzstan etc.

bdnews24.com/sit/ff/wz/bd/1440h.