Key JMB man hiding across Rajshahi border
Zahidul Islam alias 'Boma Mizan', detained explosives expert of the banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), have told investigators that an 'active member' of the militant outfit, who is hiding in India for long, sends explosive substances to JMB.
JMB collects most of the explosive and other materials from local market, but those not available in the country are collected from India and sent to JMB by the absconding operative, investigators grilling Mizan quoted him as saying.
"The JMB active member is hiding at a place in India near Rajshahi border in the guise of a cloth trader," an interrogator told The Daily Star yesterday quoting Mizan.
He however declined to disclose the JMB opertaive's name and exact address in India.
Mizan, now on a seven-day remand, is being quizzed at the Task Force for Interrogation (TFI) cell in connection with the recovery of arms, explosives and explosive substances from two houses that Mizan had hired.
His remand expires today, and police might produce him before court to seek further remand.
The JMB explosoves expert also admitted that he had visited twice his fellow operative's residence in India for organisational activities -- first a couple of years back and then six months ago, the investigator said seeking anonymity.
"Like him, many other JMB members also visit the absconding operative in India," Mizan was quoted as saying.
"JMB used to collect power gel and detonators from India as those are available there," said a top official of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) wishing anonymity.
He mentioned that those are widely used in India for razing hills.
Mizan also said 'Bhagne' Shahid alias Nazmul, who is JMB commander of northern region of the country, might operate a 'mini munitions factory' like the ones at East Monipur in the city, which Rab busted on May 15. He however could not give the location of the factory.
Nazmul was trained by Mizan in explosives.
Another investigator said, " Mizan hinted at some persons who are playing significant role in JMB activities but he is yet to give their whereabouts."
JMB used to pay him around Tk 30,000 a month -- Tk 1,200 for food, Tk 11,000 for house rent, Tk 15,000 as pocket money and for organisational activities and Tk 2,000 for clothing, the interrogator said.