The Rajshahi police last night released three of the 18 people including children held as suspected militants of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) during a raid in Tikapara area in the morning.
The arrested are Kawsar Ali, Iqbal Hossain, 30, Jannatul Zakia Umama, 21 and her 18-month-old son Sayat Iqbal, Marzia Khatun, 15, Jaynab Akhtar, 15, Azahar Mohiruddin, 21, Sohel Rana Anas, 22, Moniruzzaman, 44, Sarwar, 40, Abul Kalam, 21, his 14-year-old wife Khadiza Akhtar Parvin, Shah Alam, 21, Asaduzzaman, 38, Yusuf, 10, Salman, 13, Golam Rabbani, 25 and Zahurul, 26.
Of them , Sayat Iqbal, Yusuf and Salman were freed around 8:30pm.
In an email sent to the press, M Mahfuzur Rahman, assistant commissioner (headquarters) of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP), said the held persons were released on undertaking, as police did not find any militant link with them.
“We will take lawful action when any militant link is found against them as our investigation is on”, reads the mail.
“We arrested those people for their suspicious activities and based on the information that they were absconding JMB activists who are now under a new outfit “Ahle Sunnah Al Jamaat”, said RMP Commissioner Nawsher Ali.
However, the released during a day long interrogation revealed a new network of so called Islamic group styled Kalema-e Jamaat that has around 600 adherents across the country, the RMP chief told The Daily Star.