6 'Neo JMB' men held
Police claimed to have arrested six suspected members of banned militant outfit “Neo JMB” with firearms, bullets and explosives in separate raids from Naogaon and Chapainawabganj early yesterday.
Among the arrestees, Shamim Prokash alias Abdullah alias Abdur Rahim, 27, was held from Gomostapur upazila in Chapainawabganj around 3:30am.
He was one of the aides and a bodyguard of Sohel Mahfuz, a supplier of arms and grenades in last year's Gulshan café attack, claimed police.
Police recovered one pistol, two magazines and eight rounds of bullets from his possession, claimed Mahbub Alam Khan, additional superintendent of police in Chapainawabganj, adding that two others fled the area during the raid.
But when police brought him in front of journalists at the office of police superintendent in Chapainawabganj, Shamim shouted that he was held from Cox's Bazar about two months ago, and he had no weapons on him, reports our Chapainawabganj correspondent.
Police said Shamim was an accused in five cases including the JMB leader Salman murder one. Shamim was staying in Chapainawabganj to reorganise the organisation.
Meanwhile in Naogaon, police raided a house at Nawduli village in Atrai upazila around 3:00am and arrested five suspected “Neo JMB” members, reports our Dinajpur correspondent.
They are Abdullah Aichan Kabiraj alias Rafique, 41; Lulu Sarder alias Shahid, 30; Masud Rana alias Hossain alias Atik, 25; Abdur Razzak alias Masum alias Babul, 25; and Moazzem Hossain Bullet, 30.
Police also seized two foreign-made pistols, 13 rounds of bullets, electronic devices, explosives and grenade making materials from their possessions.
“Abdullah Aichan's house was being used as a secret den to regroup the members for last two to three years,” claimed a press release of the Police Headquarters. It claimed that the arrestees are active operatives of “Neo JMB's suicide squad”. Meanwhile, being informed by locals, police recovered 19 Molotov cocktails from inside a bag in Ashulia's Bashaid area around 11:00am yesterday, reports our Savar correspondent.
Later, the cocktails were defused by a bomb disposal unit of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), said Abdul Awal, officer in-charge of Ashulia police.