A Dhaka court today placed Hefajat-e-Islam organising secretary Azizul Haque Islamabadi on a seven-day remand in connection with the mayhem in the capital in May, 2013.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Debdash Chandra Adhikary passed the order after Investigation Officer Kamrul Islam Talukder produced Azizul Haque with a 10-day remand prayer in the case, court sources said.
Azizul was remanded hours after his arrest from Hathazari's Baluchora area in Chattogram early today.
In the remand prayer, IO Kamrul Islam, also an inspector of Detective Branch (DB) of police, said Azizul is a FIR-named accused in the case filed with Paltan Police Station.
Azizul along with other FIR-named accused gathered at Motijheel Shapla Chatter and different places in Dhaka and started vandalising different institutions, torching vehicles, preventing policemen from discharging their duties and attacking them with bombs on May 5 in 2013.
Later they went in front of Deputy Commissioner (Traffic East)'s office at Purana Paltan around 4:00pm and exploded bombs, attacked DC office and torched 13 vehicles. In the attack, duty officers suffered burn injuries.
As such, he needs to be remanded to learn about the masterminds behind the incident, the IO added.
Azizul, meanwhile has claimed himself innocent and told the court that he was not involved with the incident.
On May 5, 2013, thousands of members of Hefajat, a Qawmi madrasa-based Islamist organisation, clashed with law enforcers and ruling Awami League men, turning Motijheel and Paltan areas into a battlefield.
A total of 83 cases were filed in seven districts including Dhaka, accusing 3,416 named and 84,796 unnamed people. Many of the accused were from Hefajat, Jamaat-e-Islami and BNP.
Only one of the cases has been disposed of in Bagerhat. All the accused were acquitted in the case as neither police nor the prosecutors could prove them guilty of the charges of attempted murder, arson and vandalism, officials said.
Police have pressed charges in 18 cases, and gave final reports in two other cases. Investigations of 62 are yet to be pressed before the court.