PR no: 11/18092008 18 Ramadhan 1429 AH (18 September, 2008 CE)
Hizb ut-Tahrir, Bangladesh condemns the arrests of ten members and
activists of the party in Rajshahi and demands their immediate release
Official Spokesman of Hizb ut-Tahrir, in Bangladesh Mohiuddin Ahmed in a press statement issued today strongly condemned the arrests of ten party members and activists in Rajshahi who were arrested today and demanded their immediate release. The members and activists of the party were arrested from Rajshahi press club including Professor of Dhaka University Dr Syed Golam Mowla, Senior Lecturer of South East University Engineer Ahmed Jamal Iqbal, and Assistant Professor of MIST Mamunur Rashid Ansari who went from Dhaka to speak at a press conference organized by the party. Local police stopped the proceedings of the press conference and police in plain cloths arrested all the party members and activists present at the venue without citing any reason.
On 09 September 2008 party activists in Rajshahi distributed a leaflet issued by the party on the occasion of Ramadhan urging the Muslims to remove their current rulers and establish the Khilafah state. Since then there has been a malicious media propaganda conducted against the party’s work by various newspapers. The press conference was organized in order to respond to the media campaign and to talk to the media freely about the work of the party. But the police arrested them and did not allow the members of the party to talk to the media. Responding to the media propaganda, Mohiuddin Ahmed said in his statement that Hizb ut-Tahrir is neither a banned nor a terrorist organization.