Tahrir Leader Maula on 3-Day Remand
Saturday, 10 July 2010

A Dhaka court on Friday granted the police three days to remand Syed Golam Maula, the alleged coordinator of Bangladesh operations of outlawed Islamist outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir, in custody for questioning.

The police produced Maula, who teaches management at Dhaka University, before the Dhaka's Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court and asked for seven days to quiz him. However, magistrate Munshi Abdul Mazid granted three days after hearing.

The Detective Branch of the police on Thursday afternoon arrested Maula at Kataban in the capital.

DB deputy commissioner (north) Mahbubur Rahman told bdnews24.com on Thursday that they had arrested Maula for his being a suspect in a bomb seizure case filed with the Uttara Police Station in March this year against him.

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

Earlier on Sep 18, 2008 Maula was arrested along with 10 other associates from Rajshahi Press Club on charges of suspected militant activities.

The government banned Hizb ut-Tahrir in Bangladesh on Oct 22 last year, saying the Islamist outfit posed a threat to national security.

Mohiuddin Ahmed, chief coordinator of the militant organisation and an associate professor at the Dhaka University's Institute of Business Administration, was arrested on April 20 from his Green Road residence.

Mohiuddin is the main suspect in the case.

Earlier on Oct 25 last year, the university authorities sent him on compulsory leave until further notice "to maintain peace on campus".

Moreover, Rapid Action Battalion on Apr 20 arrested the fundamentalists outfit's second-in-command, Kazi Morshedul Haque, from Mohammadpur in Dhaka and handed him over to Uttara Police Station on the following day.

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

The organisation is also banned in most of the Middle East countries, Germany, Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan for its fundamentalist values.

Source: bdnews24.com

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