The Rapid Action Battalion has arrested eight suspected militants of the banned terror outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh and one member of Ansar al-Islam from the capital’s Kalabagan, Bashundhara, Mohammadpur and Zurain areas.
The members of RAB-1 and 2 detained eight of them in separate operations in Mohammadpur, Vatara and Kalabagan areas in the capital on Sunday night, said a press release issued from RAB Forces Headquarters on Monday.
Meanwhile, the elite force, in a drive in Zurain area on Sunday, held one ‘trainer’ of the operational team of banned militant outfit Ansar Al Islam, says another press release issued by RAB-3.
The arrestees are Md Arafat Ajam, 30, of Bandarban, Rashed Alom alias Badhon, 28, of Tangail; Mir Afzal Ali, 37, of Satkhira; Mahadi Hasan, 23, of Laxmipur; Radiuzzaman Hawladar Anik, 27, of Madaripur; Jalal Uddin Shovon, 28, of Munshiganj and Zarir Taisir, 26, of Noakhali, and Younus Asadullah (27), say the press releases.
Books of extremist propaganda, laptop and cell-phone were seized from the detainees, he said.
It has been known from intelligence sources that the militant organisation JMB is trying to regroup under the name of ‘Radical Youth Group’ so that they can recruit people educated in modern and higher education, Mufti Mahmud Khan, Legal and Media Wing director, of the elite force, the first press release says.
It has been active for over one and a half years now. The main focus of the group is to inspire educated and wealthy members of the society to join them. Almost 30-35 members have joined this group, it added.
In a latest development, the banned Islamist terror outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir Bangladesh brought out two separate processions in city’s Jhigatola and Motijheel areas.
They chanted slogan demanding the rule of Islamic Khelafat in the country. However, they managed to escape before the arrival of law enforcing agencies.
According to the security experts, banned militant outfits may try to re-organise ahead of the next general elections in a bid to disrupt the polls.