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Militants regrouping to carry out sabotage

  • Esaraf Hossain
  • 11 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Militants regrouping to carry out sabotage

Different banned militant outfits, including JMB, Huji, Ansar-al-islam and Ansarullah Bangla Team, have become active in the country to carry out subversive activities.

Such fanatic organisations are reportedly conspiring to carry out attacks on different government establishments and law enforcers, detective sources said.

Such evil plans of the outfits came to light recently after confessional statements of several of their party activists who were arrested from different parts of the country.

But their ill-motive had been foiled as they were netted by the members of the law enforcers, detective sources said.

Meanwhile, members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested Emdadul Haque alias Uzzal Master, a top leader of the banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), from the capital’s Basila area in the early hours of Thursday.

The striking team also seized a gun, bullets, two knives, a locally made bullet-proof jacket, several jihadi books, and around Tk 300,000 in cash from the scene.  Chemicals and other materials used for making detonators were also found in Emdadul's possession, RAB said.

Besides, as part of their blueprint, the militant groups are threatening to kill different judges and other influential persons in the country.

Recently, a Tangail Women and Child Abuse Suppression Tribunal Judge Khaleda Yasmin has been threatened with death in the name of a militant outfit. Tangail Superintendent of Police Sanjit Kumar Roy confirmed the information to the media.

According to sources, a threatening letter was sent to Judge Khaleda Yasmin in the name of the militant organisation by post recently.

"Since you came to the Women and Children's Court, you have given judgments in many big cases. It has caused great loss to our people. So if you have the illusion of life, then transfer from Tangail. If you don't listen, we will kill you,” the letter mentioned.

The SP further said, "We have taken special measures for her safety. Police are investigating the matter.”

On Wednesday, members of the anti-terrorism unit police arrested a suspected member of the banned militant outfit “Ansarullah Bangla Team” from Sharifpur area in Gazipur.

He was identified as Shariful Islam 19. The arrestee is an active member of the banned militant outfit, police said.   

Just two days ago, members of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) during an operation arrested two suspected members of a banned militant outfit Ansar al-Islam with explosives and bomb-making equipment from Khulna city.

The suspected militants have been identified as Nasim and Hasan.

In the face of the CID police interrogation, the arrestees disclosed that they had a blueprint to carry out subversive activities.

They were conspiring to carry out attacks on government establishments and law enforcers, said counter terror officers.

The CID’s counter terror unit made the arrests on Monday night during a raid in the city’s Sonadanga area, said Assistant Superintendent (ASP) Tapas Karmakar.

According to the CID’s ASP Karmakar, the suspects said during initial interrogation that they belonged to the outfit’s ‘military wing’ and were responsible for making bombs and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Police said the mobile phones found on them contained Ansar al-Islam contents on jihad.

The suspects were also spreading extremist and anti-government content in social media.

The suspects were involved in recruiting activists and raising donations as well as were conspiring to carry out attacks on law-enforcers and government establishments, said investigators.

Recently, the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police arrested three members of the banned militant outfit Neo JMB.

Md Jahid Hasan alias Raju alias Ismail Hasan alias Furkan, a key explosives expert and chief of Neo JMB’s military wing, was arrested from Dhaka's Kafrul area along with two of his associates by a team from the bomb disposal unit.

The associates were identified as Saiful Islam Maruf alias Bashira, and Rumman Hossain Fahad alias Abdullah, said CTTC chief DMP Additional Police Commissioner Asaduzzaman.

In the early hours of Saturday, members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested four suspected militants after a gunfight in Mymensingh.

The incident took place in Khagdahar area near the city, Md Rokanuzzaman, the chief of Mymensingh-based RAB 14, said.

Khandaker Al Moin, director of RAB's legal and media wing, at a press briefing on Saturday said initial interrogations revealed that the militants were preparing to rob various financial institutions in the district.

The suspects have been identified as Julhas Uddin alias Mehedi, 34, and Alal alias Ishaq, 48, from Mymensingh, Robaid Alam alias Rub, 33, from Brahmanbaria, and Abu Ayub alias Khalid, 36, from Rangpur.

A pistol with three rounds of ammunition, eight bomb-like objects and equipment to break locks were found with the suspects, RAB said.

“A raid was conducted in the area on a tip-off. At one point, the suspects opened fire forcing the RAB to retaliate,” said Rokanuzzaman. The four men were arrested after the shooting ended, he added.

During initial questioning, the suspects said that they belonged to militant outfit JMB, according to RAB media wing chief Moin.

“Ehsar operatives of the JMB are actively involved in various terror attacks and in robberies at financial institutions to gather funds for the organisation,” he added.

The suspects said that a group of 10 to 15 activists would gather information about several financial institutions, NGOs and gold shops in Mymensingh, the RAB claimed.

The idea was to transfer the loot to another group soon after the robberies, said senior RAB official Moin before adding that the suspects had held a meeting on August 31 in Jamalpur.

They travelled to Mymensingh’s Khagdahar on Saturday by a trawler through the Brahmaputra River.