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Detained Islamist leader reveals 'plot' to oust B'desh govt

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Detained Islamist leader reveals 'plot' to oust B'desh govt

A detained leader of a radical religious group has told a court that Bangladesh's opposition alliance had hatched a plot to oust the Sheikh Hasina-led government by supporting the Islamists' violent anti-blasphemy protests earlier this month, media reports said today. Mainstream Bangladeshi newspapers carried the report on the alleged "plot" a day after Hefazat-e-Islam group's detained leader Junaid Babunagari gave a confessional statement before a magistrate after two weeks of police interrogation. The reports quoting unidentified officials familiar with the statement said Babunagari disassociated himself from the plot but said other leaders of the radical group were sponsored by the opposition Khaleda Zia-led BNP and Jamaat to stage violent protests against the Awami League government on May 5 and 6. "Those Hefazat leaders told me that our movement is not only to press for our 13-point demands only. Now this will be a movement to oust the government as we have an understanding ... image

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