2016-09-27 Bangladesh||6 JMB men arrested in West Bengal, Assam
[Dhaka Tribune] Three of the JMB men are Bangladeshis and hold high ranks in the outfit's West Bengal wing, according to Kolkata police.|
Six top members of Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), including suspects in the 2014 Burdwan blast case, have been locked away
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by the Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata police in the Indian states of West Bengal and Assam.
Of the six, three have been identified as Bangladeshi nationals, The Statesman reported on Monday quoting STF chief and Kolkata Police (Crime) Joint Commissioner Vishal Garg.
The arrestees are: Anwar Hussain Faruk alias Enam alias Kalobhai; Mawlana Yusuf alias Bakkar alias Abu Khetab; Zahidul Sheikh alias Zafar alias Zabirul; Md Rafique alias Md Rubel alias Pichchi; Shahidul Islam alias Surya alias Shamim and Abdul Kalam alias Kalim, reported Anandabazar Patrika.
Of them, Faruk, Rubel and Kalam are from Bangladesh and are top-ranking leaders of the JMB in India, according to the STF.
Anandabazar reported that five among the six detained men were enlisted as suspects in the charge sheet of Burdwan blast case on October 2, 2014.
Moreover, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) of India put bounty on the arrest of all six, the report said.
During interrogation, the arrestees confessed to planning attacks in south or northeast India, Vishal Garg said at a presser in Lalbazar, Kolkata on Monday.
"The arrestees were not in West Bengal after the Khagragarh blast [in Burdwan]. They fled to southern and northeastern states," he said.
The arrestees used codes to communicate with each other; the STF decoded one of their messages to find them, he said.
The first arrest was Zahidul in Cachar district of Assam on Saturday.
During interrogation, he confessed that he was an activist of JMB and gave information on several other activists, Anandabazar quoted the STF chief as saying.
Following Zahidul’s lead, police nabbed Kalam at New Coochbehar train station the next day. Police claim that Kalam was trying to enter West Bengal via Assam and he was sent from Bangladesh to run the JMB wing in Cachar.
Faruk and Rubel were arrested on Sunday on Bangaon-Bagda Road in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas, near the Bangladesh-India border.
Garg said both were from Jamalpur district in Bangladesh. Faruk is the chief of JMB’s West Bengal unit and Rubel is an expert on improvised bomb (IED) and a coordinator who provided shelter to JMB activists from Bangladesh.
On the same day, Yusuf and Shahidul were arrested at Natun Bazar area in Bashirhat, North 24 Parganas. Shahidul is the chief of JMB wing in Northeast India and the main planner of JMB’s subversive acts in India, according to the STF.
Yusuf had a Rs10 lakh bounty on his head, while Kalam and Rafique had Rs3 lakh and Rs1 lakh bounties, respectively, The Statesman reported.
Police also seized documents of future attacks, forged ID papers, 2kg of white explosive powder, a laptop, several mobile phones, detonators, wire cutters, batteries, letters written in Bangla and both Bangladeshi and Indian currencies from the arrestees.
Rafique had a Bangladeshi trade licence and a book on chemical compounds, the STF chief said.
Police were set to send the arrestees to court, he added.
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