JMB chief claims link with Jamaat

Face-to-Face Interrogation
Jamaat ameer denies
Kailash Sarkar
Detained chief of banned Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and former Habiganj unit Jamaat ameer Saidur Rahman has become a source of information to investigators to cross-check the statements of detained top Jamaat leaders.

The investigators brought Jamaat Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami, its Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mojahid and Nayeb-e-Ameer Delwar Hossain Saydee each face-to-face with Saidur, said deputy commissioner of DB Md Monirul Islam.

DB officials said on Tuesday night, at each other’s presence, Nizami asked Saidur not to disclose any more information about the links between Jamaat and JMB. But he asked Saidur to pray for him.

During the interrogation that night, Saidur Rahman facing Jamaat Secretary General Mojahid claimed that Mojahid had regrets about his failure to kill “all” the pro-liberation intellectuals on the night of December 14, 1971.

Mojahid initially denied the allegation but became silent when Saidur stood by his claims referring to an event that took place two decades ago, according to DB officials.

“In 1990, when I was the Habiganj ameer, while talking to us in the party office at Moghbazar Mojahid boasted of leading the killings of pro-liberation intellectuals in 1971. But he expressed disappointment as many of them survived,” Saidur told the interrogators in presence of Mojahid.

“Mojahid also said that if all the pro-liberation intellectuals were killed that night, none could speak against Jamaat-Shibir,” Saidur claimed.

Mojahid rejected Saidur’s statement and denied the allegations against him of killing the intellectuals, said DB officials.

However, according to the DB officials, Saidur told Mojahid, “You told me this sitting on the first floor of the party office while we were having oranges that you had brought for us.”

DC Monirul Islam said, “We got some new information when we put the detainees face-to-face.”

According to Saidur, he took the helm of JMB as per the Jamaat ameer’s directive while Nizami said that they suspended Saidur from the party when they came to know about his link with JMB.

Saidur differed with the statement saying that he was never suspended from Jamaat. He said when his son AKM Shamim was arrested on September 7 in 2005, he was present at Habiganj Jamaat office and discussed the next course of action with the party leaders.

Asked about the comment on JMB, Jamaat leaders said they never support JMB and therefore, top JMB leaders were arrested during their tenure.

When the DB officials asked Saidur and Sayedee about the killing of Prof Humayun Azad during their face-to-face interrogation, Saidur said Sayedee had incited the killing.

Sayedee denied the allegation, said the DB officials.

According to DB officials Saidur did not recognise Sayedee as a Maulana saying, “You have no elem (education) in Islam. You cheated your teacher (Ustad) Maulana Zakir Hossain.”

The Jamaat leaders and Saidur are now being interrogated in remand.


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