Some leaders on militants’ hit list

Staff Correspondent

11 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Some leaders and activists of religious organisations and political parties have been targeted by a group of militants for murder with the aim of creating anarchy in the country.

The Anti-Terrorism Unit (ATU) of police has come to know about their plan after tracking their Facebook accounts.

The ATU arrested two of the militants of Ansar Al Islam, also known as Ansarullah Bangla Team, from Narsingdi and Narayanganj on Tuesday.            

The arrested militants are Hizbullah Mia alias Russell Ahmed, 22, son of Badal Mia of Ratanpur at Raipura in Narsindgi, and Nurul Alam, 23, son of Yusuf Howlader of Mathbaria in Pirojpur.

Two android phone sets, two memory cards, four SIM cards and seven books bearing the dogma of so-called jihad were seized from their possession.

Mohammad Aslam Khan, superintendent of police (media and awareness) of the ATU, revealed the information to the Daily Sun on Wednesday.

He said if police disclose the number and names of the targeted leaders and activists, it may create a negative impact.

The targeted people would be fearful, he said.

The officer also said Russell opened a Facebook group named ‘Ai Sattabdi Islamer Bijoy Sattabdi’ and operated it.

Later, he added some other members of the militant outfit to the Facebook group. Nurul Alam was one of them.

The arrestees were circulating militant doctrine in various ways. They were attracting people to militancy online.

The arrested men had been operating activities online to establish ‘Gajwatul Hind’ and ‘Khelafat. They had been doing chats among them online to create instability in the country,” he said.

“The police scrutinised their Facebook accounts and came to know that they have planned to kill some political and religious leaders and activists,” he said.

A case was filed against them with Raipura Police Station under the Anti-Terrorism Act (Amendment).

The ATU officer said they are trying to arrest other members of the outfit.