Bangla police arrest 4 students for 'links' to Hizb ut-Tahrir
Bangladesh police today arrested four students of the prestigious Dhaka University for their suspected links to Hizb ut-Tahrir, an international Islamist political party banned last year for "anti-state" activities.
Police and campus sources said inmates of 'Surya Sen' dormitory first detained one of the suspected Tahrir
activists with some "objectionable" leaflets and later three others were caught based on his statement.
"The university proctor then called police and handed them over," a campus reporter said.
Founded in Jerusalem in 1953, the outfit launched its Bangladesh chapter in 2000. While in initial stages it
confined its activities to indoor meetings, subsequently it was found to be engaged in violent street protests on several
Officials said the organisation is banned in 20 countries, including Pakistan and the United States, for
suspected links with militancy. It was the fifth organisation in Bangladesh to face the ban after Jama'atul
Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), Harkatul Jihad al Islami (HuJI), Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh and Shahadat-e al Hikma.
Police last month arrested the chief coordinator of Tahrir's Bangladesh chapter Mohiuddin Ahmed, a business
administration professor of Dhaka University, on charges of instigating "subversive activities" in the city. He also faced
two cases over his alleged attempts to reorganise the outfit.
Dhaka University earlier sent Ahmed on "forced leave" for indefinite period, days after the ban on his
organisation was enforced in October last year to "keep (Ahmed) him out of the campus to maintain campus peace".