The Special Team of Kolkata Police has nabbed six activists of the Bangladesh based extremist group Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen. Four among the arrested are also wanted in connection with the 2014 Khagragarh blast case. The arrests are being made from parts of West Bengal and Assam.
Of the six, three are Bangladeshi nationals. Anwar Hussain Farooq, the outfit’s West Bengal chief who had a bounty of Rs 10 lakh is also among the arrested. Also among the arrested is Yusuf Sheikh, the state’s second in command. It is to be noted that Sheikh is also the chief motivator of the group and carried a bounty of 10 Lakh on his head.
The other four who are also wanted in the Khagragarh blast case are- Shahidul Islam, Mohammed Rubel, Abul Kalam and Jadidul Islam. Not only that, the police seems to be have unearthed a treasure of sorts. Forged ID papers, one laptop, mobile phones, detonator wire cutters, batteries, Indian and Bangladeshi currencies, letters written in Bengali are also found in their possesion. 2kg of a white powdery substance are also among the seized.
‘These people were not in West Bengal after the Khagragarh blast. They had left the state and moved to South India and North Eastern states. They were planning subversive activities in some South Indian states. We are trying to find out the details,’ Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Vishal Garg told the media.
With Durga Puja around the corner, people in West Bengal and Assam are gearing up to embrace the festivities in full fervour. It is believed that the arrested youths wanted to strike during that time in order to dampen the spirits.
Did you Know?
Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen was founded in 1998 in Bangladesh and was banned in February 2005. Its members are also accused of carrying out attacks against secular bloggers in Bangladesh.