9 leaders and activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and Hefajat-e-Islam have been arrested while they were holding a secret meeting in Kaliganj upazila of Lalmonirhat.
Arju Md Sazzad Hossain, officer-in-charge of Kaliganj Police Station said, "They were arrested from a house in Kashiram Munsir Bazar area of Tushbhandar union in the upazila around 10:30 pm last night."
Police also recovered some books on extremism, leaflets and receipts for fund collection from them on the spot, the OC said, adding that a case has been filed with the Kaliganj Police Station in this connection.
Arrestees are identified as, Tushbhandar union Jamaat-e-Islami Amir (president) Mozammel Haque (55); three Jamaat activists -- Shaheen Islam (38), Abu Bakkar (70), and Nazrul Islam (58); local Hefajat-e-Islam leader Fuad Hossain (43); and four Hefajat activists -- Sabu Miah (50), Shahidul Islam (40), Iman Ali (30), and Abu Sayeed (30).
According to the investigation officer, on information some leaders and activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and Hefajat-e-Islam were holding a secret meeting at Jamaat activist Abu Bakkar's house in the area on Tuesday night, the law enforcers raided the house and arrested the nine, while some other leaders and activists managed to flee from the area of raid.
the police are interrogating the arrestees to find out the reason for their secret meeting and who else was present.