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45 suspected militants held in Dinajpur

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  • 18 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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45 suspected militants held in Dinajpur

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Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of police arrested at least 45 suspected militants from different places in Dinajpur.

The CTTC unit from Dhaka made the arrests following drives at multiples mosques in Sadar and Biral upazila in the early hours of Friday, confirmed Additional Superintendent of Police (Dinajpur Sadar Circle) Sujan Sarker.

According to police sources, the CTTC unit arrived in Dinajpur Thursday night after receiving information about a number of Tabligh Jamaat members planning to carry out large-scale sabotage in Sadar and Biral upazilas.

Subsequently, members of the CTTC unit arrested 12 people from the Baitul Falah Jame Mosque on the eastern side of the Maharaja junction in Sadar upazila around 12am on Friday.  The same unit of police also arrested 17 people from the Biral Bazar Jame Mosque and around 16 others from two other mosques in Biral upazila later that night.

Khadim Abdur Razzak of Baitul Falah Jame Mosque said: “Twenty-two Tabligh Jamaat members arrived at the mosque from Dhaka for religious assembly on Thursday.  Twelve of them stayed here and the rest left to go to another mosque. When we went home after Esha prayers at night, they were staying in this mosque. Later in the night, I heard that the police had taken them away.”

Meanwhile, anti-Terrorism Unit (ATU) of Police arrested two suspected members of banned militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) from Muktagachha upazila in Mymensingh.

The arrestees have been identified as Md Kawsar Ahmed alias Milon, 30, son of Abdul Majid of Bokchar village in Muktagachha upazila, and Zahid Mostafa, 20, son of Mostafa Mofazzal Haque Shariful of Chandimondo village.

Acting on a tip-off, sources said, a team of ATU conducted a drive in the Kalibari Mosque area of Chechua Bazar in Muktagachha upazila on Thursday night and nabbed the duo.

Two mobile phones, four SIM cards and seven books on extremism were seized from the possession of the accused, the ATU said in a release.

Screenshots of 34-page Facebook and Messenger chats about their organisation's extremist activities have been found stored in their mobile phones, according to ATU.

The duo were selling books on extremism to ABT members across the country, using multiple fake Facebook IDs.

A case has been filed against the two at Muktagachha police station, said the press release.

Meanwhile, Police arrested 10 female leaders and activists of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh in Satkhira.

They were arrested from the house of Abdul Jalil in Bashtala upazila in Satkhira during a secret meeting.

The arrestees are Majeda Khatun, 45, Firoza Begum, 55, Morzina Khatun, 50, Farida Khatun, 45, Rizia Khatun, 35, Rafiza Khatun, 45, Beauty Khatun, 45, of Alipur village of Sadar upazila; Khadija Parveen, 40, China Parveen, 35 of Sultanpur and Anwara Begum, 58, of Bagerhat district.

Satkhira Sadar Police officer-in-charge Md Delwar Hussain said that a drive was carried out on Friday morning over a tip-off. During the drive, 33 jihadi books were also recovered from them.

A case has been filed against the arrestees.