Shafi said they were against the atheists who could not live in the country
The chief of Qawmi madrasa-based Hefazat-e-Islam, Shah Ahmed Shafi, yesterday said the people of Awami League had always been with them and donating in their madrasas.
“So why should we castigate them? We are not criticising [Awami League chief] Sheikh Hasina or her government,” he said while addressing an Islamic conference at the Hathazari Madrasa premises.
Also principal of the madrasa, Shafi said they were against the atheists who could not live in the country.
The programme was organised to mark the May 5, the day of crackdown by law enforcement agencies on Hefazat men at Shapla Chattar in the capital. Hefazat Nayeb-e-Ameer Mohibullah Babunagari chaired the meeting.
One of the key demands of Hefazat’s 13-point charter is passing an anti-blasphemy law to give death penalty for demeaning Islam and the Prophet.
Regarding the incident of Shapla Chattar, Shafi said they had done nothing wrong on that day.
The allegation of torching the Qur’an in front of the Baitul Mukarram mosque was merely propaganda against them. “We went there to save the Qur’an. Why should we set the holy book on fire?”
Hefazat Secretary General Junaid Babunagari and other top leaders of the platform addressed the conference.
Babunagari claimed that thousands of people had been killed by the RAB and police on the night during the crackdown. He said they had gone to Shapla Chattar neither for ousting the government nor for conquering the Secretariat.
“We went there demanding implementation of our 13-point demands,” he said adding that the demands were not contradictory with the constitution or the independence and sovereignty of the country.
Other factions of Hefazat held separate programmes in the capital’s Baridhara and Kamrangirchar yesterday to mark the day.
Source: Dhaka Tribune