Top DU professor sent for quizzing over terror links
A Bangladeshi court today remanded a top professor of premier Dhaka University in 3-day police custody for quizzing over his alleged links to banned Islamist militant group Hizbut Tahrir.world Updated: Jul 09, 2010 23:02 IST
A Bangladeshi court today remanded a top professor of premier Dhaka University in 3-day police custody for quizzing over his alleged links to banned Islamist militant group Hizbut Tahrir.
Syed Golam Mawla, an associate professor of Dhaka University’s Business Studies Faculty, was arrested from the campus at Kataban area yesterday.
Officials said a magistrate court in the capital ordered Mawla to be remanded in custody for three days under a case filed four months ago under Anti-Terrorism Act.
"Mawla was playing the key role in running the outfit since Hizbut Tahrir chief coordinator Mohiuddin Ahmed was arrested on April 20 this year," a police official said.
Police said Mawla was entrusted with the charge of coordinating the activities of the banned outfit in absence of its earlier arrested coordinator Mohiuddin Ahmed. Ahmed was also an associate professor of the University’s business administration institute.
Hizbut Tahrir, which has called for the establishment of a self-styled Khilafat rule and overthrow of the present government, has been banned along with terror groups Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), Harkatul Jihad al Islami (HuJI), Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladeshand Shahadat-e al Hikma.
The official claimed that Mawla had told them he was introduced to Hizbut Tahrir leaders when he went to London to do his doctorate in 1993.
Islamist thinker Tokiuddin-al-Nakhani formed Hizbut Tahrir in Israel in 1953. Its members were believed to have links with al-Qaeda. Tahrir launched its Bangladesh chapter in 2000.
The arrest came as the outfit's activists have tried to stage protest rallies in the capital in recent weeks. It has called for the ouster of the "anti-Islamic government" in Bangladesh.
Mawla was also arrested last year from northwestern Rajshahi district along with 10 others, including two university teachers, for their suspected "militant links".
Officials said the organisation is banned in 20 countries, including Pakistan and the US for suspected links with militancy.