A Chattogram court on Saturday placed 15 members of the banned militant outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir, including its port city regional chief on remand in a case filed over their alleged involvement in terrorism.
Chattogram Metropolitan Magistrate Abu Saleh Mohammad Noman passed the order after the members were produced before the court.
"Hizb ut-Tahrir regional chief Mohammad Ershad Alam was taken on a five-day remand, while 14 others were taken on a three-day remand each after we produced them in court with a ten-day remand plea," Kotwali Police Station Officer-in-Charge Mohammad Mohsin told The Business Standard.
The detainees are - Chattogram regional chief and teacher of a private English medium school Mohammad Ershad Alam, Nazmul, Lokman, Mahfuz, Imtiaz, Karim, Abdullah Monayem, Kamrul Hasan, Ajim Uddin, Ariful Islam, Rafi, Ajimul Huda, Nasir, Mostafa Akbar Chowdhury and Alauddin.
Chattogram police detained the Hizb ut-Tahrir members while conducting drives at different areas of the port city from Friday night to Saturday morning, on a tip-off that they are trying to reorganise.
A case was later lodged against them with Kotwali Police Station under the Anti-Terrorism Act.
Hizb ut-Tahrir was banned in South Asian nations in 2009 for carrying out anti-state and anti-democratic activities.