At least 140 people were accused in separate cases filed on Friday (May 26) over protest against the removal of the sculpture of Lady Justice from the Supreme Court premises.
Shahbagh police station officer-in-charge (OC) Abul Hasan told Banglanews that police lodged the cases accusing over 140 people, including Chhatra Union secretary general Liton Nandi. Four accused names were mentioned in the case, while rest are unnamed.
The cases were filed on nine separate charges, including attempt to murder, holding rally without government permission and obstructing legal work, said OC.
Earlier, at around 11 am Friday, several left-leaning bodies staged protest rally over the removal of the sculpture from the Supreme Court premises.
However, police fired tear shells, and used water canons to disperse the protesters as the rally intended to take the road before the Supreme Court. Four people including Liton Nandi were arrested from there.
Earlier, the statue was removed from the Supreme Court premises at around 4:00 am, in presence of law enforcers and Mrinal Haque, sculptor of the statue.
Since installation of the sculpture in 2016, some Islamic bodies of the country including Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh had been demanding adamantly for removal of it.
Meanwhile, a court on Saturday sent four people, arrested during protests against the removal of the statue of Greek goddess from the Supreme Court premises, to jail in a case filed for attempting to kill police and obstructing them from performing their duties.
The accused are Chhatra Union central committee general secretary Liton Nandi, its Dhaka College unit president Morshed Ali, its Lalbag thana unit organising secretary Al Amin Hossain Joy and Udichi Shilpigosthi leader Arif Noor.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Satyabrata Sikder passed the order after sub-inspector of Shahbag Police Station Mirza Badrul Hasan, also the investigation officer of the case, produced them before the court.
Meanwhile, advocate Noor Uddin, lawyer of the arrestees, filed a bail petition. The hearing on the petition will be held on Sunday.
Zulfikul Islam, a sub-inspector of Shahbagh Police Station, filed the case against the four leaders and 120-140 unnamed people with the police station on Friday night.
The case was filed against them for attempting to kill policemen and obstructing them from performing their duties during the demonstrations on High Court Mazar Chattar protesting the removal of the statue on Friday.
Police foiled the attempt of left-leaning student organisations to stage demonstrations on the High Court Mazar Chattar on Friday and arrested the four of the protesters.
On 9 April, 2017, a writ was filed with the High Court, seeking removal of the statue from the Supreme Court premises.
On 11 February last, Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh also demanded the removal of the statue mentioning that there is no such idol at the apex courts of the US and neighbouring India, and there cannot be any idol at the Supreme Court of a Muslim majority country like Bangladesh either.