Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami on Saturday announced a countrywide “peaceful demonstration” programme for Monday demanding the release of its top detained leaders, including secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, before Ramadan, agency reports. In a statement, Jamaat acting secretary general Dr Shafiqur Rahman declared the programme. This will be the first-ever protest programme called by Jamaat since the BNP-led 20-party alliance apparently called off its three-month-long anti-government movement in early April.
Shafiqur Rahman alleged that their party’s top leaders, including Mojaheed, have been kept in jail “illegally” for five years only to take “political revenge”. “The government is killing Jamaat leaders one after another on false, fabricated and imaginary allegations of so-called crimes against humanity to materialise its political vengeance,” he added.