Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested four members of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), the banned militant outfit, in Mymensingh on early Saturday.
The arrestees are Julhas Uddin alias Quaderi alias Mehedi, 34 and Mohammad Alal alias Ishak, 48, of Mymensingh, Mohammad Rubayed Alam alias Dubro alias Rub, 33, of Brahmanbaria, and Abu Ayub alias Khalid, 36, of Rangpur.
“Acting on a tip-off, we conducted a drive at Khagdohor in Kotwali. At one point, the militants opened fire sensing our presence that forced us to fire defensively,” he said.
During their primary interrogation, they said they were members of JMB and assigned to commit robbery in residences and shops aiming to generate funds for subversive activities, the officer said.
They and their fellow members were trained in a secret militant camp in Jamalpur. Afterwards, a group comprising 15 members was formed to commit robbery, he also said. The members of the group recently collected information on an NGO and a jewelry shop in Mymensingh’s Kowatli and planned to commit robbery there.
The four members were arrested before committing the crime while the rest of the members managed to flee, he said.