Star Online Report
The three suspected militants arrested from Dhaka earlier were Rohingyas, militants of a Myanmar group, linked with the Burdwan blast of Kolkata, police said today.
They were members of Rohingya Solidarity Organisation (RSO) and other Myanmar-based outfits, said Krishna Pada Roy, deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) organised in Dhaka this afternoon.
Today morning, DMP forwarded a short message to the media revealing that three militants linked to the banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and Burdwan blast were arrested from Dhaka.
“We are investigating if they are linked to the JMB,” Krishna Pada Roy said at the briefing.
Those arrested were identified as Noor Hossain alis Rafiqul Islam, 26, Yasir Arafat, 22 and Umar Karim, 25, caught from Dhaka’s Lalbagh area around 9:30pm last night.
The arrestees were presented before the media during the briefing. They were sued in two cases of Anti-Terrorism Act and Explosives and Substances Act.
Five detonators, two gel-based bomb materials and 500kg explosive substances were seized from them, police said adding that the arrest came in line with info shared with Delhi.
“We don’t have information about as to whether they went to India or not,” Krishna Pada said. “We suspect that the arrestees have close ties with those accused in the Burdwan blast.”
“At prima facie, they trespassed into Bangladesh. They are involved in the militant group RSO. They study in madrasa as a cover up and operate militant activities underneath,” he said.
The trio said to have confessed that Khalid Mohammed, who was earlier arrested in India in connection to Burdwan blast, was their ideological leader.
On October 2, two suspected militants were killed and another injured in an explosion at a house in Kolkata’s Burdwan area.
NIA arrested a Myanmar national from Hyderabad in connection with the Burdwan blast. The agency identified the 38-year-old arrestee as Khaleed alias Khalid Mohammed.
A Dhaka team recently visited India to share info on militancy with Delhi. This visit followed the meeting of India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Dhaka.
Indian law enforcers reportedly traced a wide JMB network and unearthed a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP chief Khaleda Zia after the blast.
It was found out that the bombs made in Burdwan were intended to be used on Bangladesh.
Published: 10:58 am Monday, December 01, 2014
Last modified: 5:16 pm Monday, December 01, 2014