Police in separate drives have arrested eight members of Neo-JMB and Ansar Al Islam, including most wanted militant leader Forkan, from different parts of the capital.
Several teams of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit, Anti Terrorism Unit (ATU) and Lalmonirhat police arrested them from Kafrul, Kadamtali and Khilgaon areas of the city on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Some explosive substances, GI pipes, remote control devices, three mobile phone sets and a tab were recovered from their possession.
Md Asaduzzaman, chief of the CTTC under Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), briefed reporters at the DMP Media Centre on Wednesday in this regard.
He said Forkan, who passed Honours in Chemistry from Jahangirnagar University (JU), joined Neo-JMB in 2016. “Contents, bearing the dogmas of militancy, of a social media ID ‘White Houser Mufti’ made him interested in radicalism. The then Neo-JMB Ameer Musa indoctrinated him to the outfit,” he said.
“He quickly became an expert in making powerful bombs, grenades and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and began to practically train other members of the outfit on making those,” the CTTC chief said. “Before his arrest, he taught other members online how to make time, remote control and other types of bombs. He held several meetings at Rohingya camps to expand the activities of the outfit. He planned to make IEDs and drones,” said Asaduzzaman, additional commissioner of the DMP. Forkan played the role of coordinator to carry out a number of attacks at some places.
Besides, Bashir is a bomb-making technician and Abdullah hired a room at a house in Tongi to rob cash and valuables of people by making them unconscious through electric shock therapies, the officer revealed. A case was filed against them with Kafrul Police Station.
They are Raihan Hossain alias Sabbir Hossain Raihan alias Al Rabbi, 18, Tanvir Hossain, Aminul Islam and Sagor Islam. They are students of different colleges. Four handsets, two knives, two books bearing militancy dogma and five booklets were seized from their possession.
Mohammad Aslam Khan, superintendent of police (Media and Awareness) of the ATU, briefed reporters at the ATU headquarters in Baridhara on Wednesday afternoon.
He said Al Rabbi was carrying out various activities online aiming to put ‘Gazwatul Hind’ into operation. The arrested members were also disseminating anti-government propaganda online, he said. In the meantime, Lalmonirhat police nabbed a member of Neo-JMB from the capital’s Khilgaon area on Tuesday night. A team of Hatibandha Police Station arrested Nazmus Sakib, 26, confirmed Arshadul Alam, officer-in-charge of the police station.