Activists of the banned Islamist outfit Hizb-ut Tahrir held a sudden rally in Sylhet city Friday afternoon, barely three days after secular-minded blogger Ananta was hacked to death.
Eyewitnesses said that eight activists of the organisation began a brief rally hanging a banner and several festoons in front of Aagpara Jame Mosque at Mirabazar area in the city immediately after ending the Jummah prayer.
Three out of eight addressed the brief rally and urged the Muslim devotees to join with the Hizb-ut Tahrir in order to establish a ‘Khelafat state’ in the country, they said.
Local resident Marzan Ahmad told that two out of three speakers delivered their speeches in standard Bengali and the other in the dialect of the Sylhet region.
Being contacted, Sylhet Metropolitan Police additional deputy commissioner Rahmat Ullah said police rushed to the spot after receiving the news, but the men left the scene ending their rally before the law enforcers reached there.
‘Efforts are going on to arrest the activists of the outlawed organisation and their mentors,’ the police officer added.