‘Militants offer lucrative packages to attract new members’

Staff Correspondent

20 October, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Banned militant groups are offering lucrative packages on social media to attract new members, said chief of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit Monirul Islam.

“Recruiters and motivators of militant groups are offering lucrative packages  on social media to get new members,” he said while addressing Meet The Press at Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Media Centre in the capital on Saturday.

“People who are mentally weak, unpatriotic, irresponsible, intolerant and unrealistic are accepting the offers,” said Monirul, also an additional commissioner of DMP.

“Many of the recently arrested radicals got involved in militancy long before and some are new.”  

Later, the CTTC chief inaugurated a programme titled ‘Dhaka Peace Talk’ which will work against militancy.

Centre for Social Advocacy and Research Foundation (CSARF) and CTTC unit jointly arranged the press conference.

In response to a query, Monirul said anti-militancy activities have been strengthened after the Holey Artisan Café attack. “Our activities will have to be strengthened further.” He informed that people aged between 15 to 30 years are generally involved in militant activities.

CSARF executive director Shabnam Azim, also an associate professor at Dhaka University mass communication and journalism department, said, “Everyone should work together to fight militancy because of its long-lasting complexity.”

She maintained that ‘Dhaka Peace Talk’ would find out the reasons behind radicalism and a way out.