[Dhaka Correspondent] BNP chairperson’s adviser, ASM Hannan Shah, was arrested from his Dhaka residence Wednesday night for violating the Emergency Powers Rules, in the wake of intense factional fights in the party.
Security forces picked Hannan up just before midnight, a few hours after several leaders of Saifur-Hafizuddin faction of BNP came under attack and BNP standing committee member, former army chief Mahbubur Rahman, was beaten with slippers by angry BNP activists near the grave of late party founder Ziaur Rahman.
Police arrested Ashraf Hossain, Ward 94 Juba Dal leader, Zakir Hossain, Saudi Arab unit Shramik Dal leader, and Abul Bashar, a student of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, from the spot.
Hannan Shah and the three were arrested in the case, lodged with Tejgaon police station in the evening by sub-inspector Abdul Mabud on charge of violating the emergency rules through gathering people, chanting slogans and assaulting some leaders at and around Zia’s grave.
In the FIR of the case, three others were also named and 200-300 unnamed people accused. The three others, named in the FIR are former lawmaker Moazzem Hossain Alal, former JCD president Asaduzzaman Ripon and JASAS general secretary Babul Ahmed. Police were trying to arrest them.
The outspoken BNP leader Hannan Shah, a former minister and brigadier general, was taken to the cantonment police station after his arrest. His son Shah Reazul Hannan told newsmen that a team of police raided the house at around 10.45 PM, while a good number of plainclothes people encircled the house.
Police arrested Hannan Shah at around 11.45 PM and they told the family that the leader was sued under the emergency rules and would be taken to the cantonment police station and then to Tejgaon police station.
Hannan Shah, who remains vocal among the BNP leaders since January 11, when state of emergency was declared, was arrested, along with his elder son, in an extortion case on May 14 amid an ongoing purge launched under the caretaker regime against corruption. He was, however, released on July 22 after obtaining bail from the High Court in a series of extortion cases.