|Mufti Izharul Islam Chowdhury|
Chittagong: Nayebe Ameer of Hifazat-e-Islam Mufti Izharul Islam Chowdhury, who is the prime suspect of madrasa explosion in Chittagong's Lalkhan Bazar, was arrested by Detective Branch (DB) of the Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) on Friday.
Mufti Izhar, who has evaded arrest for over one and a half years, was arrested Friday noon from Jamiatul-Ulum-Al Islamia Madrasa situated at Lalkhan Bazar.
It may be mentioned that an explosion took place at the Jamiyatul-Ulum-Al Islamia Madrasa at the city's Lalkhan Bazar on October 7 last year.
Three people, including two students, were killed and several others injured in the explosion in a room of second floor of a four-storey hostel of Jamiatul Ulum Islami Madrasah at Lalkhan Bazar.
Police recovered huge explosive-making materials, four unexploded grenades from the surrounding areas of the madrasah and 18 bottles of acid after raiding the residence of Izahar on the night of the deadly bomb explosion.
Later, Khulshi Police filed three cases--one under Explosives Substance Act, another under Acid Act and the other for murder of the three people, in which nine people were accused including Mufti Izhar, his son Mufti Harun, three other madrasa teachers and two students.
The madrasa authorities tried to conceal the explosion as a laptop burst, but police recovered grenades, acid and huge amount of explosives during a raid into the madrasa after the blast.
On October 10, three days after the explosion, a press conference on behalf of the Hifazat-e Islam central committee claimed the incident was an arranged 'drama' by police and media.
Izahar's son Mufti Harun was arrested at Raozan two days later but his father managed to evade arrest.
RAB in December 2010 arrested Mufti Izaharul over charges of involvement in militancy. But he was later released on bail.
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