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Police detains 18 Jamaat-Shibir men in Dhaka

Volunteers prepare to form a large flag of Bangladesh as the nation celebrates National Victory Day at the National Parade ground in Dhaka December 16, 2013. According to the organizers, 27,117 volunteers formed a large human national flag for six minutes and sixteen seconds as they attempted to set a new Guinness world record. Bangladesh won independence from Pakistan on December 16, 1971, following a nine-month guerrilla war which cost millions of lives. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Volunteers prepare to form a large flag of Bangladesh as the nation celebrates National Victory Day at the National Parade ground in Dhaka December 16, 2013. According to the organizers, 27,117 volunteers formed a large human national flag for six minutes and sixteen seconds as they attempted to set a new Guinness world record. Bangladesh won independence from Pakistan on December 16, 1971, following a nine-month guerrilla war which cost millions of lives. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Dhaka: Police on Friday claimed to have detained 18 leaders and activists of the Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing, the Islami Chhatra Shibir, during a raid in Merul Badda area of Bangladesh’s Dhaka city.

“They were detained while holding a clandestine meeting at house no. 8 in Merul Badda,” the Daily Star quoted Abdul Jalil, officer-in-charge of Badda Police Station as saying.

He added that the police conducted the raid acting on a tip-off that some criminals were holding meeting in the area for creating chaos.

The security in the country has been stepped up following the recent militant attacks to counter anti-state activities.(ANI)

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