Dhaka: Police have detained 18 people conducting raid into Islamic International School at Merul Badda in the capital. Of them, five are women and the rest are Jamat-Shibir activists, claimed police.
The raid was carried out at House No. 25, Road No. 8 of DIT Project throughout Thursday night. Later, 23 people were arrested from there on Friday morning.
Shamsunnahar Nizami, wife of Jamaat Ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami, who was executed for war crimes, is the principal of the school. She is also the Secretary to the female wing of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh.
Initially several police sources said there was Shamsunnahar Nizami among the detained. However, Deputy Commissioner of the Gulshan Division of Police Mostaque Ahmed said Shamsunnahar Nizami was not among the detained as she was not found during the raid.
He said details about the arrested persons would be disclosed after questioning them.
It could not be known what Jamaat-Shibir leaders and activists were doing at the school on Thursday night. However, Badda Police Station’s officer-in-charge MA Jalil claimed that police conducted the raid on the basis of secret information that the Jamaat-Shibir activists at Islamic International School were holding a secret meeting there and planning to carry out subversive acts. Later, 23 people were arrested from there.
He said next steps would be taken against the arrested persons after questioning them.
The detained included Badda unit of Jamaat ameer Fakhruddin Kefayetullah, his wife Salma Akter and two daughters Khadiza Khatun and Ayesha Siddiqa. Besides, house owner Billa, his wife Shanta Billal and mother Halima were arrested.