police have claimed to have found links between Hefazat-e-Islam and several militant groups , Despite identifying themselves as non-political organizations,.
Officials claim that the violence carried out by Hefazat during protests and strikes (March 2-27) during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit was “support” for extremists joining the party.
Mahabub Alam, joint commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Detective Police, told bdnews24.com on Sunday: “There are several Afghan returnees in Hifazat’s Manhaji group. They believe in extremism. Hifazat is the main source of violence in the Chittagong region.
“These Afghan refugees include some former members of the banned militant group Harkatul Jihad (HUG). Several such individuals have been identified,” he said.