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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2967

Barrister Abdur Razzaq, top leader of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami quizzed in border guard BDR mutiny case

M.A. Kader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

Dhaka, 31 March, ( For the first time, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Bangladesh on Monday grilled a politician Barrister Abdur Razzaq, top leader of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, in connection with the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) mutiny.

The assistant secretary general of Jamaat Razzaq was quizzed nearly a three and an half hours at the CID headquarters in Dhaka in connection with the BDR carnage case to know where he had been and what had been doing during the February 25-26 Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) carnage.

"I was questioned about my whereabouts and activities during the incident at the BDR Pilkhana headquarters, Razzaq told reporters emerging from the CID headquarters around 1:20pm.

"They had asked me about my education, family and overseas travel. They also asked me where I was on Feb 25 and 26."

CID officials after questioning Jama'at-e-Islami leader Abdur Razzak the interrogation said, a number of big politicians will be interrogated over the BDR killings, if be needed.

The BDR case investigation officer Abdul Qahhar Akhand interrogated Razzak at the headquarters.

Razzak told reporters that the CID had summoned him only to harass him and it was ‘politically motivated initiative of the government.’

However, the CID investigating officers and senior Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Abdul Kahar Akond denied his allegations saying they summoned and quizzed Razzaq on the basis of specific information.

Razzaq arrived the CID office around 9:55am. he was asked to appear with his passport at CID headquarters at 10:00am on the day.
On Mar 7, the Zia International Airport immigration police barred him from going abroad.

The High Court on Mar 8 ordered the government not to bar him from leaving the country, but on Mar 18 he and his wife were again barred at the airport.

Razzak said he had filed a contempt of court case against the government and airport police after he was barred from flying out of the country despite previous High Court orders telling the government not to prevent his going abroad.

The High Court has ordered the government not to harass or arrest Jamaat-e-Islami assistant secretary general Abdur Razzak following a summons by CID investigators for questioning in the BDR mutiny case.

The court also granted Razzak anticipatory bail Sunday up to April 5.

CID investigation officer, Abdul Qahar Akhand, sent a letter of summons Saturday to the Jamaat leader to appear in his office Monday for questioning in the mutiny case.

Sunday's High Court orders allow him to be questioned, but his passport cannot be seized.

- Asian Tribun3e -

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