Four leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami were briefly detained today near the gate of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Headquarters.
The four were detained around 4:30pm when they went to the DMP HQ this afternoon for seeking permission to hold a protest programme at the North Gate of Baitul Mukarram in the capital on June 5.
"We detained them to check whether there were any previous cases against them. We found none. They are all lawyers. They submitted their application (for the programme)," said Muhammad Ashraf Hossain, deputy commissioner (Ramna Division) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).
The Jamaat leaders are Advocate Saifur Rahman, Advocate Jalal Uddin Bhuiyan, Advocate Abdul Karim and Advocate Mostafizur Rahman.
Jamaat in a statement criticised the role of police.
According to the statement, when a four-member delegation of the party went to the DMP office, they were not allowed to enter the DMP office. A police team wrongfully detained them.
"It is an office of the law enforcement agency of the Bangladesh government. Any citizen has the right to enter there. The detention by the police officers from there is very unfortunate and against human rights," it said.
"According to the constitution, any political party has the right to hold peaceful meetings. Jamaat-e-Islami systematically sent lawyers as representatives and took the initiative to take permission. Instead, the police detained them by interfering with their constitutional rights," it said.