Inspector general of police AKM Shahidul Hoque in an exclusive interview recently said they will intensify nationwide crackdown against extremists this year in line with the ‘zero tolerance’ policy against extremism.
‘Police have achieved significant success in combating extremism with killing of 58 extremists and capturing over 50 others while conducting operations at 26 extremists hideouts across the country till January this year after the terror attack at Holey Artisan Bakery on July 1, 2016,’ he said.
Three operatives of the banned extremist outfit Jamaatul Mujahide’en Bangladesh were killed during the latest drive in the extremist hideout at Nakhalpara under Tejgaon Police Station in Dhaka early Friday.
Thirteen more extremists were killed in a series of anti-extremist drives before the Holey Artisan attack when over 200 others were arrested. As many as 11 law enforcers were killed during the anti-militant drives.
The police chief claimed that extensive crackdown on the militants after the attack on the Gulshan restaurant have broken down backbones of the armed activists.
‘Extremists have lost their organisational capacity to carry out attacks on a large scale when security officials are detecting their locations and movements with intensified intelligence vigilance,’ he also said. ‘The activities of the militants have been brought almost under control as police have successfully stopped regrouping of the neo JMB with killing and capturing its top leaders,’ he added.
On the other hand, over JMB’s 60 operatives were sentenced to death, over 150 to life term imprisonment and around 250 others to different jail terms in cases of various attacks. Besides, law enforcers arrested 1,792 JMB men in different cases while 2,043 were charge-sheeted in different cases.
The JMB suffered a huge setback with execution of death sentences of it top leaders including Maulana Shaikh Abdur Rahman, his second-in-command Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai, military commander Ataur Rahman Sunny, think-tank Abdul Awal, Majlish-e-Sura members Khaled Saifullah and Salahuddin.
‘In a single incident of cross-country bomb explosions on August 17 in 2005, a total of 161 cases were lodged accusing 660 members of the JMB. Of them, 103 cases have already been disposed of while 58 cases are under trial,’ media wing director of RAB Commander Mufti Mahmud said earlier.
Courts awarded death sentences to 15 JMB men, life term to 118, different terms to 116 while acquitted 118 of the charges in the cross-country bomb explosions cases, sources said.
JMB chief Maulana Shaikh Abdur Rahman, HuJIB (Harkatul Jihad Al Islami Bangladesh) operational chief Maulana Abdul Hannan were among the death sentence awardees in the cross country bombing cases.
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