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Rapid Action Battalion (RAB)-13 arrested four presumed top operatives of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahedeen Bangladesh (JMB), including its chief coordinator for northern region, from Taraganj upazila here in the early hours of Tuesday, reports BSS.
The elite force seized one foreign-made pistol and one foreign-made revolver with two magazines and three rounds of live bullets and a large number of ‘jihadi’ books and leaflets from their possession during the raid.
Commanding Officer of Rangpur RAB-13 Battalion Md Mozammel Haque disclosed the information at a press briefing arranged at RAB-13 battalion headquarters in Alamnagar area of the city today.
“On a tip off, a special operational team of Militancy Cell of RAB-13 conducted a raid in Taraganj upazila area of Rangpur and arrested the JMB militants red-handed with arms, ammunitions, ‘jihadi’ books and leaflets,” he said.
The arrested JMB militants include its Chief Coordinator for northern region Abdur Rahman Biswas alias Fuad alias Niaz, 22, of village Char Sajai Mandalpara in Rajibpur upazila of Kurigram district.
The other arrested JMB operatives are Akhinur Islam, 23, of village Doma Bagha in Birampur upazila of Dinajpur and Lokman Ali alias Korban, 55, of village Dangapara Chowdhury Para and Mizanur Rahman, 38, of village Mandalpara in Taraganj upazila of Rangpur.
“Arrested Abdur Rahman Biswas is the son of ‘spiritual leader’ of JMB Moulana Md Abul Kashem who was arrested by the Counter Terrorism Unit from Mirpur in Dhaka in 2017,” Mozammel said.
Since arrest of his father, Abdur Rahman Biswas became more active in organisational activities and started conducting his responsibility as the Chief Coordinator for northern region of JMB. During primary interrogation, arrested Abdur Rahman Biswas delivered information about various activities and planning for conducting subversive activities in the northern region as well as other parts across the country,” Mozammel said.
The arrested JMB operatives collected tolls from the people by delivering wrong interpretation to continue their organisational activities and purchase arms and ammunition. “The arrested JMB operatives were regularly taking part in secret organisational meetings, inspiring innocent youths to become members, enlisting new members locally, preparing database of their members, conducting trainings and other planning,” he added.
Mozammel said the arrested JMB operatives had plans to conduct subversive activities especially like snatching money from NGOs and killing eminent personalities at different places of the country.
After filing separate cases under the Arms Act and Anti-terrorism Act in these connections against the arrested JMB operatives, the elite force handed them over to Taraganj police station.