October 17, 2021, 10:59 pm
Special Correspondent :
Amir Junaid Babungari of Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh has passed away (Innalillahi … Rajyun). He was 67 years old. He was suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure, heart and kidney complications. On Thursday morning he visited Hathazari Darul Uloom Moinul Islam Madrasa
(Hathazari Madrasa) suddenly fell unconscious while lying on the bed in his own room inside. The doctor brought in oxygen and artificially resuscitated her breathing. He was later brought to CSCR, a private clinic in Chittagong, for advanced treatment. But his senses did not return. After bringing him to the clinic around 11:30 pm, the doctors declared him dead at around 12:30 pm. Dr. Amjad Hossain, a resident doctor of CSCR, told reporters that Babungari was originally brought dead. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Hefazat leaders said he received the first dose of the corona vaccine at noon on August 8 at the Hathazari Upazila Health Complex. He is survived by his wife, 5 daughters, 1 son and many relatives, well-wishers and followers. The organization and its leaders have been widely criticized for pursuing a political agenda as opposed to the apolitical activities of Hefazat-e-Islam. Babungari is also one of these critics. Besides, after the death of Amir Shah Ahmad Shafi, the founder of the organization, there was division among the party leaders and workers. One group was led by Babungari. He was widely criticized for holding the post of Ameer of the organization. Babungari is also accused in a case in which he (Shafi) was killed in the death of founder Amir Shah Ahmad Shafi.
The body was taken to Hathazari Madrasa in Babungari in the afternoon. He was the Education Secretary of the Madrasa and Vice President of Shaykhul Hadith, Befaqul Madarisil Arabia Bangladesh, Chairman of Chittagong Nurani Talimul Quran Board and Editor-in-Chief of the monthly Moinul Islam Magazine. He was also the Patron of Motawalli, Monthly Dawatul Haque of Nazirhat Bara Madrasa. After Janaza at Hathazari Darul Uloom Moinul Islam Madrasa premises at night, he was buried at the Madrasa premises next to the grave of Amir Shah Ahmed Shafi, the founder of Hefazat. It is to be mentioned that Babungari’s own house is in Babunagar village of Fatikchhari. After his death, the locals were eager to bury him in Babunagar village. The grave was also dug. But later the decision was taken by the top officials of the party and he was buried in the premises of Hathazari Madrasa. However, before burial, his body was taken to his village Babungar. Interested and fans paid homage to him there.
Babungari was born on 8 October 1953 in the village of Babungari. In 1976, he won the first place in the Hadith (Masters) examination at Daora from Hathazari Madrasa. He then went to Karachi, Pakistan for higher education. There he studied hadith for two years and obtained the highest certificate of hadith. He returned to the country in 1978 and joined Babunagar Madrasa in Fatikchhari as a teacher. In 2003, he joined the Hathazari Moinul Islam Madrasa. He was later appointed director of the madrasa. In 2020, he was relieved of the post of assistant director of the madrasa.
After the death of Amir Shah Ahmad Shafi, the founder of Hefazat, last year, a new 151-member committee was formed with Babungari as the Amir of the organization. But the organization came under pressure to carry out subversive activities across the country in the name of removing the sculpture of Bangabandhu and preventing the arrival of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the golden jubilee of independence. Many central leaders of the party were arrested. Many go into hiding. In order to handle the unfavorable situation, Junaid Babungari dissolved the working committee on April 25. Then a 5-member convening committee was formed. Babungari was also the head of that committee. The committee was last made up of 33 members on June 7. He has published several Islamic books.
He was arrested in 2013 on charges of killing a member of the law enforcement force during the Hefazat movement. Released later. In November 2020, there was a controversy over the country’s sculpture. In this debate, the controversial leader of Babungari organization and now arrested Mamunul Haque gave a strong anti-sculpture speech. The crackdown on Hefazat under the banner of resistance to the arrival of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the golden jubilee of the country’s independence this year extended to Hathazari. A case was filed against him and many other leaders and activists of Hefazat. Many were also arrested. Earlier, on May 5, 2013, he was also involved in the position program and illegal activities carried out at Shapla Chattar in Dhaka demanding 13 points of the organization.
He was controversial among the leaders and workers within the organization. The leader of his opposition group is Maulana Moinuddin Ruhi, along with many others, including Shah Ahmad Shafi’s son Anas Madani. Incidentally, after the death of the founder Amir Shafi, there was a split in the leadership of the organization. Now it is time to see who is coming to the main leadership after the death of Babungari.
Announcing the name of the temporary emir-
Meanwhile, after Janaza at night, the name of Mahibullah Babungari has been announced as the new Amir of Hefazat-e-Islam.