The Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police said on Saturday that it was still in the dark about the sources of finance in the recent extremist activities, but its investigations found involvement of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami activists in many in many extremist activities.
Unit chief Monirul Islam at a press conference at metropolitan police media centre said that sympathisers, including some expatriates, were financing extremists.
He claimed that their investigations found involvement of Jamaat activists in many extremist attacks and even Rafiqul Islam Abu, 30, killed in latest operation Eagle Hunt in Chapainawabganj on April 27, was a Jamaat activist.
Monirul said that they also found many extremists of Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh transporting forged Indian banknotes with the help of diplomats of another neighbouring country.
Monirul described how the operation Eagle Hunt ended ‘without any collateral damage’ due to negotiation during the operation conducted in April 26-27.
As the result of negotiation, the law enforcers could evacuate Rafiqul’s pregnant wife Sumaiya Begum and their minor girl from the extremists’ hideout inside a mango orchard at bordering Shibganj upazila on April 27, he said.
Monirul said that they suspected that at least two people who fled another raid in Jhenaidah recently might have travelled to the Shibganj shelter and one converted Muslim Abdullah might be among the three unidentified deceased.
The counter-terrorism unit chief, however, said, ‘Identities of the extremists will be confirmed after DNA tests.’
Cops found four people killed inside the house in the mango orchard on April 27, the second day of the operation.
Monirul flanked by his deputies said that the Chapainawabganj hideout was used as a ‘bomb-making laboratory’ by the extremists, but their targets were to attack somewhere else.
‘Based on secret information, we spotted the Chapainawabganj and Jhenaidah extremists’ dens and conducted drives. We are trying to identify all the extremists’ dens across the country,’ he said.
He said that had the law enforcers got help from people, it would be easier for them to root out extremism from Bangladesh.
United News of Bangladesh reported that a case was filed against Rafiqul’s wife Sumaiya in connection with the Chapainawabganj operation.
Shibganj police station sub-inspector Abdus Salam filed the case at about 11:00pm on April 28 under the Anti-Terrorism Act, said its officer-in-charge Habibul Islam.
Sumaiya, rescued with bullet-wounds in the leg, is now undergoing treatment at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital, he said.
The four suspected extremists killed during the Chapainawabganj operation were buried at Chapainawabganj municipal graveyard early Saturday.
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