PBI investigation team at Darul Uloom Moinul Islam Madrasa in Hathazari (Photo: Collected)
The Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) has launched an investigation into a case claiming unusual death of Allama Shah Ahmad Shafi, former emir of Hefazat-e-Islam.
On Tuesday (January 12) morning, the investigation team led by PBI’s Chittagong Divisional Superintendent Iqbal Hossain reached Darul Uloom Moinul Islam Madrasa in Hathazari. There, the investigating officers spoke with the current Amir of Hifazat-e-Islam, Maulana Junaid Babungari and others.
Allama Shah Ahmad Shafi died on September 17 last year while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Dhaka. Claiming his death as unusual, the late’s brother-in-law filed a case in the Judicial Magistrate’s Court of Chittagong on December 16. Moinuddin. The court directed the PBI to investigate the incident within a month.
In this regard, the head of the investigation team PBI Divisional Superintendent Iqbal Hossain said, “We must thoroughly check and sort out the issues mentioned in the statement, the allegations made.” I will also collect evidence and take witnesses. I will do whatever is necessary in the interest of investigation.
Asked by reporters whether there was a need to exhume the body for the sake of investigation, Iqbal Hossain said there was no such need till now.
Anas Madani, son of Allama Ahmad Shafi, was removed from the post of assistant director of Hathazari Madrasa on September 17 in the face of a student protest. If the protests continue the next day, the madrassa will be closed indefinitely in a notification from the education ministry. But as the protests of the agitating students did not stop, Director General Ahmed Shafi himself announced his resignation from his post at around 12 midnight on September 17.
Ahmed Shafi was later admitted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital. When the situation deteriorated there, he was taken to Dhaka by air ambulance on the afternoon of September 18. He later died at around 7 pm.
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