Friday, July 10, 2009

4 JMB men held, 6 firearms seized

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Rab personnel yesterday recovered six firearms and 10 bullets from Chapainawabganj and arrested four JMB militants, including two ehsars (fulltime members), in three districts.

Based on arrested Selim alias Saifullah's statement, a team of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab)-5 raided Selim's father-in-law's house around 3:00am yesterday.

Director of Rab-5 Lt Col Israt Hossain said the team recovered six local one-shot guns and ammunition digging around Selim's father-in-law Quamruzzaman's house. None was arrested during the operation, he added.

Selim, chief military commander of JMB offshoot Islam O Muslim, was taken to Rajshahi Rab headquarters and was interrogated overnight after his arrest on Tuesday. They recovered a foreign 9mm pistol, nine bullets and two empty magazines from his possession.

Meanwhile, Rab arrested another active member of JMB Delwar Hossain, 22, at his house in Jagadishpur under Gaibandha district following confessional statement of Selim. Delwar is an accused in two murder cases.

Another Rab-5 team arrested JMB militant Ishaq Pramanik, 48, of Konopara village in Bagmara. Ishaq, an associate of executed JMB leader Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai, is an accused in the Golam Rabbani Mukul murder case.

Bangla Bhai and his men kidnapped Mukul from his house at Bagmara and tortured him hanging upside down from a tree. Mukul later succumbed to his injuries at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital.

In another incident, Rab-6 arrested two JMB eshars in front of the City College under Khulna sadar Tuesday night.

The arrestees were identified as Abu Musa alias Shibli alias Ali Ahmed, 40, and Abdus Salam, 46, of west Tootpara.

Police quoted the arrestees as saying that they joined the banned outfit JMB in 2003. Sub-inspector Anwar Hossain of Khulna Sadar Police Station said Musa and Salam were placed on a three-day remand for interrogation.

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