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No progress in Hifazat cases

No progress in Hifazat cases

Police have not finished investigating the cases filed over violence during a rally organised by Hifazat-e Islam in Dhaka exactly a year ago.

Police says the 42 cases filed after the Hifazat-inspired violence are ‘multidimensional’ and not easy to probe.

Thousands of Hifazat supporters from their headquarters in Chittagong’s Hathazari arrived in the capital to press for their 13-point charter of demands through a rally in Motijheel’s Shapla Chattar on May 5 last year.

Mayhem erupted, leading to casualties, arson, looting and even cutting down of trees at the rally site.

The rally ended but an indefinite sit-in was announced at the commercial hub of the capital which put various establishments including the Bangladesh Bank at risk.

Police, RAB and BGB organised a joint pincer operation around 3am on that day to evict the thousands of Hifazat supporters from Shapla Chattar.

Hifazat later alleged that thousands were killed during the raid but evidence of that is yet to be found.

Police said 11 were killed in violence during that day.

A total 42 cases were filed by police and the city corporation following the violence. Among them six were filed with Motijheel Police, 33 at Paltan and three with Ramna Police.

“These cases are multidimensional. There are thousands who have been accused. Their investigation requires more time,” DMP Deputy Commissioner Masudur Rahman told bdnews24.com

“But we are trying to resolve them as fast as we can”.

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