Awami League leader murdered: 20 Jamaat-e-Islami activists detained in connection

The deceased, Manjur Rahman Manju, 47, was the vice president of Awami League’s Gopalpur Municipality unit. The incident occurred around 10:50 pm in the Gopalpur municipality area under Azimpur Railway Station.

20 activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Chhatra Shibir were detained in connection with the murder of Awami League leader Manjur Rahman Manju, who was shot dead in Lalpur upazila on Thursday night.

The deceased, Manjur Rahman Manju, 47, was the vice president of Awami League’s Gopalpur Municipality unit. The incident occurred around 10:50 pm in the Gopalpur municipality area under Azimpur Railway Station.

“A gang of 4-5 masked criminals shot Manju in his head and stomach before fleeing on foot,” said Natore Superintendent of Police Md Tariqul Islam, quoting locals. Manju was rushed to a nearby private clinic but was declared dead.

No case has been filed yet in connection with the murder. Police have collected CCTV footage to identify the accused but the motive behind the killing remains unknown.

About Jamaat-e-Islami

Jamaat-e-Islami is an Islamist political party in Bangladesh. While it claims to be a democratic religious party, it has been accused of being an anti-liberation force during Bangladesh’s Liberation War in 1971. The party was banned for some time after the independence.

Jamaat’s student wing, Islami Chhatra Shibir, has been involved in numerous acts of violence on university campuses. Both Jamaat and Shibir activists have been implicated in carrying out terrorist attacks, including the 2004 grenade attack on an Awami League rally that killed 24 people.

In recent years, Jamaat has faced allegations of instigating religious violence against minorities, promoting militancy, and harbouring convicted war criminals. The party was barred from contesting the 2014 general elections due to its anti-liberation stance.

Despite its radical ideology, Jamaat continues to be an active political force with a steady support base. Law enforcement keeps a close watch on the activities of Jamaat and Shibir given their suspected links with militant outfits.