Law enforcers arrested four suspected militants, including a pilot of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, in Mirpur area of the capital early Tuesday for their alleged plot to strike residences of government high-ups with aircraft.
The arrested are Sabbir Ahmed, a first officer of the national flag carrier, his mother Sultana Parvin, her nephew Asifur Rahman and tea-vendor Mohammad Alam.
They all are suspected members of the JMB militant outfit. Sabbir plotted to carry out massive sabotage and kill important persons, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) officials said.
The RAB claimed to have saved the country from massive sabotage plotted by pilot Sabbir and his accomplices.
Acting on confessions by militant Billal arrested earlier in Narayanganj, RAB personnel hunted down Sabbir and his accomplices.
The four were arrested in an anti-militancy drive that began on Monday night, RAB Director (Media) Mufti Mahmud Khan told a press briefing at RAB media centre at Karwan Bazar in the capital.
Sabbir, son of Habibullah Bahar Azad of Mirpur area, was a close accomplice of militant Abdullah, a RAB officer said.
Abdullah along with his family rented Sabbir’s house in Mirpur area and developed a close proximity with him.
During a police raid on September 4, Abdullah, his two wives, two sons and two associates were killed in a suicide explosion at their rented home.
The RAB got information that Habibullah, his wife and son and their some relatives are JMB members.
An official at Biman’s public relations department said Captain Sabbir recently refused to fly in the wake of an anti-militancy raid on their residential building in Mirpur.
Sabbir requested the director of flight operations not to allow him to fly due to his “mental state” as his father was arrested in an anti-militancy drive. Sabbir had been off duty since then.
Before and after the Gulshan cafe attack, Sabbir and Abdullah plotted to strike houses of the government’s policymakers with a plane.
Hailing from Bittipara in Jhenaidah, Azad built the house in Mirpur-1. His wife Sultana Parvin became a JMB member under the influence of tenant Abdullah.
Sabbir received training from Bangladesh Flying Academy in 2009. Next year, he joined Regent Airways and continued service until 2014.
He received training from Spain and joined Biman. He discharged his duties until October 30. At last, he was on duty on Dhaka-Kolkata-Dhaka aircraft.