Rapid Action Battalion arrested three active operatives of banned extremist outfit Jama’atul Mujahedeen Bangladesh faction with firearms, ammunition and Jihadi books from Patgram municipality town of Lalmonirhat early Friday.
Commanding officer of Rangpur RAB-13 battalion Md Mozammel Haque disclosed the information in a press briefing at the battalion headquarters in Alamnagar area of Rangpur city in the afternoon.
‘Acting on a tip off, a special operational unit of the Militancy Prevention Cell of RAB-13 from its headquarters conducted a sudden raid at Diana Fashion Tailors located on AM Plaza Market in Patgram municipality town and arrested the extremists,’ he said.
The arrested extremists are JMB faction’s Lalmonirhat district ameer Fazle Rabbi alias Robbu, 25, of village Tekurtari of Patgram upazila, its Gayere Ehsar members Shahin Islam, 35, of Patgram municipality and Hasan Masud, 27, of village Dakshin Mosrat Modati under Kaliganj upazila of Lalmonirhat district. ‘The elite force seized two foreign-origin pistols with two magazines and five rounds of bullets, a locally-made one shooter gun with a live bullet, Jihadi books and leaflets, electronic devices used for extremist activities,’ he said.
During primary interrogation, the arrested JMB members admitted that they had been remaining in hideouts for past 3-4 years and conducting organisational activities and planning to conduct subversive activities.
‘The arrested neo-JMB members had plans to conduct various types of subversive activities at different places of greater Rangpur region,’ Mozammel Haque said, adding that investigations were on to nab other members of the organisation.
After filing two separate cases under the Arms Act and Anti-terrorism Act in these connections against the arrested JMB extremists, the elite force handed them over to Patgram police later on Friday, Haque added.
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