Bangladesh police have arrested hundreds of Islamists over the past week following bloody protests against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit in late March, which lasted for days, in which at least 13 protesters were killed.
The protests were carried out in most parts of the country by the “Guardians of Islam” movement, whose members accuse Modi of fomenting sectarian violence against Muslims in India. Police announced on Sunday the arrest of the movement’s leader, Memnon al-Haq, following a raid on an Islamic conference in the capital, Dhaka.
Today, Monday, Agence France-Presse quoted Bangladeshi police spokesman Iftikhar Islam as saying: “This week, Memnon al-Haq, the seventh leader of the movement, was arrested this week, on background of violent accusations committed. by the Islamic Guardian Movement. “
Police said 298 members and supporters of the “Guardians of Islam” movement were arrested in the east of the country, and district police spokesman Muhammad Ruhuddin said: “We arrested them after the have identified in videos. ”
Charges are expected to be laid against the detainees due to acts of violence during protests against the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and previous protests in 2013 which left around 50 dead.
For his part, the spokesperson of the movement “Guardians of Islam”, Zakaria Numan Al-Faidi, declared that the police had arrested 23 leaders, considering the charges against them “false and fabricated”.
It should be noted that the “Guardians of Islam” movement organized a demonstration in 2013 to demand the promulgation of a law against the blasphemy of religion, which has left dozens dead.