The Chief of the hardline Islamist organisaion of Bangaldesh Hefazat-e-Islam Junaid Babunagari died on Thursday, August 19. He was 68. He suffered a stroke at the Hathazari Madrasa in Chattogram in the morning and later died in a hospital in Chattogram.
He was made the head, known as Amir of Hefazat-e-Islam in 2020 after the death of its chief Ahmad Shafi last year.
Hefazat-e-Isalm has been accused of large-scale arson and violence in the country during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh in March this year. Government of Bangladesh took a tough stance against the leaders of the Hefazat-e-Islam. Dozens of its important leaders including many from the central committee were arrested for their involvement in the violence and conspiracy in the country.
The law enforcement agencies also revived the cases against the Hefazat leaders relating to the 2013 incident at Shapla Chattar in Dhaka where violence took place allegedly prompted by the leaders of the Hefazat-e-Islam.
Established in 2010, the Hefazat-e-Islam controls the largest number of madrasas running into thousands in Bangladesh. It came into prominence for its hardline Islamist demands during the 2013 Shahbagh protest movement in Dhaka. In its 13 point charter of demand in 2013, Hefazat-e-Islam had demanded anti blasphemy law with death penalty, ban on erecting sculptures, declaring Ahmadiyas as non-Muslims, restrictions on social gathering between men and women among others.