Militant outfit Neo-JMB is yet to be banned officially though six years have elapsed since it first bared its ugly teeth through the deadly Gulshan terror attack.
The organisation is trying to build up its strength, said sources in police. It is providing special training for its members on how to make powerful bombs in a bid to carry out subversive activities. The outfit has already got its new 20-member committee too.
The Islamic speakers are under the scanner of law enforcers. Lawmen have already arrested three such speakers -- Maulana Amir Hamza, Maulana Ali Hasan Osama and Maulana Mahmudul Hasan Gunobi -- from different parts of the country.
Of them, Osama and Gunobi are the spiritual leaders of Ansar Al Islam, also known as Ansarullah Bangla Team.
About banning Neo-JMB, Aslam Khan, superintendent of police (Media and Awareness) of the Anti-Terrorism Unit (ATU) of police, told the Daily Sun that he was totally unaware of the matter as it is a matter of the upper level. “Once a militant outfit is banned, it begins its activities in another new name,” he said.
Md Asaduzzaman, additional commissioner (CTTC) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, did not make any comment about banning the outfit.
The Political and ICT section under Public Security Division of the Home Ministry looks after the matter of banning any organisation.
Wishing not to be named, a deputy commissioner of the DMP said, “The members of Neo-JMB are now in the field with an aggressive attitude that they may carry out destructive acts at any place.”
Mahadi Hasan Jon in the name of Abu Abbas Al Bangali from Turkey is giving training to the outfit members on how to make bombs, he said.
Forkan, who passed from Chemistry Department at a public university, is the main bomb-making technician in Bangladesh while Sabbir Hossain is working as his associate, the officer said.
He said Mahadi Hasan Jon planned to train the members of the Neo-JMB in Pakistan alongside setting up a firearm-making factory in Bangladesh.
After the attack on Holey Artisan Bakery on July 1, 2016, the emergence of Neo-JMB came to the fore. After that, law enforcers conducted a number of drives and killed its senior leaders, including Tamim Chowdhury.
After that, the outfit became weak, but now it is trying to revamp, said sources in the CTTC.
Along with Neo-JMB, Ansar Al Islam is also trying to regroup through recruiting new members using social media.
A number of Islamic orators are helping the outfit to motivate their members and inspire people to join it through their speeches.
Being inspired with the speech of a Maulana, a youth, Sakib, came to the Manik Mia Avenue in the capital to launch an attack on the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban recently.
Md Asaduzzaman, additional commissioner (CTTC) of the DMP, said they were trying to arrest controversial Islamic orators, who are contributing to militancy.