Protests over Modi visit an excuse. Hefazat’s real aim to radicalise Bangladesh


Protests of Violence in Bangladesh for the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week was the first major action by the Hefer-e-Islam Islamic hardline group after Junaid Babu Nagari took over a radical group in November last year and had tried to make signs, people familiar with problems that. Babu Nagari, a Hadith scholar studying in Pakistan Jamia Ulox-e-Islamia for four years, exalted himself as the head of the group at the end of the bitter power struggle which peaked after the death of Amir Shah Ahmed Shafi in September last year.


At least 13 people confirmed to have died in protests and scores injured after security forces removed the demonstrators in Bangladesh for the past week. Protests have begun on Friday from the leading mosque in the capital city of Dhaka before spreading quickly.

For three days, Hefaat-e-Islam supporters clashed with the police and later, pro-government protesters in various locations blocked the highway, burned vehicles and attacked passenger trains. Five people died on Friday, A day PM Modi landed in Dhaka, the next six days and two on Sundays during a general strike called a group.

The radical group has provided a national strike call on April 2 to protest the police oppression in what, an Indian official said, was a sustainable effort for the radicals of the Bangladesh community with a strong combination of religion and politics.

To be sure, there is a call to protest against PM Modi’s journey long before he landed. However, the spread of violence, surprised the authorities.

Indian officials who have tracked Hefaat-e-Islam activities, which are translated as Islamic protection and claims as non-political fronts, said the organization first watched the authorities to protest 2009 heritage policy for women. The organization rose to the prominence in 2013 when sending students from the National Madrasah Network to Dhaka to fight “the Shahbagh Movement” of students demanded the death sentence for all war criminals in 1971. Hefazat-e-Islam put a list of 13 demands including punishment for Atheist bloggers and changes in books text.

However, there are significant differences after changing guards in November.

Unlike the founder of Shah Ahmed Shafi, which is often considered soft in the powerful Awami League, Hefazat-e-Islam under Junaaid Babu Nagari has secret support from the Bangladesh Khaleda Zia nationalist and fundamentalist groups such as Jamaat-e-Islami. ,

For example, BNP does not formally expand support for general strikes called on Sundays but firmly states that calls for strikes are logical.

Diplomats in New Delhi and Dhaka suggested that the relationship between Hefazat-e-Islam and BNP could be more visible with the height of Babu Nagari when he tried to change the political group.

Senior journalist Bangladeshi Mahfuz Anam seems to agree. In recent comments,

he said the real reason for the protest against PM Modi’s visit was indicating that Hefazat-e-Islam under his new leadership was not the same party as Shah Ahmed Shafi had the lead.

Anam, the editor of the largest English speaking newspaper, The Daily Star, also blamed the Sheikh Hasina government because he practiced the policy, he said, had made Hefazat-e-Islam stronger and more determined to challenge fundamental characters. country.

Indian officials said they had found efforts by Islamic fundamentalist forces to unite to Islamize the public further. Heephat, under his new leadership, tried to emerge as the leader of this fundamentalist group.


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