Pro-government imams paid to boycott 6th April Long March to Dhaka
A press conference was held by a new organisation, “Shachetan Hakkani
Alem Shamaj” to boycott the
6th April long march by Hefazat-e-Islam, at Jatiya Press Club, on
Wednesday. It has been reported that this government supported
organisation had been offering money (250 taka per person) to get
participants in the conference.
The matter came to light when
the participants began complaining that they were being paid lesser (200 taka) than promised. Some participants, who wish not to be named,
informed news agency natunbarta about this.
participant told natunbarta: “A lot of the people at the conference are mosque
imams or members of the Islamic Foundation who participated in order to
keep their jobs. There were other people as well.”
confirmed the issue of payment to attendees: “The man who spoke at the
conference (Maulana Johirul Islam Miya) is close to the Director General
(DG) at Islamic Foundation - he helps in making implementing the DG's plans.”
Another person told natunbarta: “The Director of the Coordination Department
of Islamic Foundation’s head office, Harun-ur-Rashid, facilitated in
commissioning these participants.”
The press conference
convener, Maulana Johirul Islam Miya and coordinator, Maulana Abdur
Kabir Khan Jaman, although relatively unknown, played the leading roles in this conference.
Maulana Abdur Kabir Khan Jaman denied
that people were paid to participate. He said: “There is no scope in bringing people in with money. However, if anyone did make any such
payments, I am unaware of it.”
Under the Society’s banner, the two
aforementioned ‘religious’ leaders condemned the leaders of
Hefazat-e-Islam, including well known religious leaders and top
scholars of the nation - Allama Ahmad Shafi, Nur Hossain Kashmir and
Ahmadullah Ashraf. They also declared Shahbag protest convener, Dr Imran
H Sharkar, as a “true Muslim”.