Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members arrested two expatriates from the city’s Sabujbagh area early Sunday for their alleged involvement in militancy.
The arrestees are Md Daulat Zaman alias Muaz al-Bangali, 35, and Md Sohel Hawlader alias Belal Habsi al-Bangali, 27. They got involved with banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) through one Mizanur Rahman when they were staying in Singapore.
They returned home on September 26 last.
The elite force had information that Mizanur had been involved in inviting Bangladeshi workers in Singapore to join the militant outfit since 2015. His main aims were to collect money as well as members to carry out militant activities in Bangladesh.
Mizanur has been languishing in a Singapore jail since his arrest by Singaporean police in April last year for his alleged involvement in militancy there.
Based on secret information, a special team of Rab-3 raided a 10-storey under-construction building at East Rajarbagh of Sabujbagh around 12:30am and arrested the duo, said Lt Col Emranul Hasan, commanding officer of the Rab battalion.
The arrestees along with several of their associates were holding a clandestine meeting on the ground floor of the under-construction building when the elite force stormed it, he said, adding that their other cohorts managed to flee the scene sensing the presence of the law enforcers.
Two passports, nine books on extremism, four mobile phones and seven memory cards were recovered from their possession.
During interrogation, Daulat and Sohel who had been staying in Singapore since 2004 and 2009 respectively said they got involved in militancy through Mizanur Rahman while working as construction workers there.