Two days ago, three members of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) were killed in a raid on a house in Char Alatuli area of Chapainawabganj district.
According to autopsy reports, the three militants died in bomb explosions.
The law enforcers have not yet been able to identify the militants killed in the blast in Chapainawabganj but are trying to identify them.
Kolkata police have recently sought information from Bangladeshi law enforcement agencies regarding three militants.
The militant den in Char Alatuli is just 2km away from the Indian border and this has raised questions whether the militants killed in the November 28 raid are the same people the Indian police looking for.
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Anandabazar Patrika in a report published on November 26 said Kolkata police had contacted Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) seeking information about militants Tamim alias Shopon Biswas, Noyon Gazi and Omor Farukh alias Mohammad Aftab Khan alias Mahi.
Deputy Commissioner of Kolkata Police (Special Task Force) Murlidhar Sharma told Anandabazar Patrika that they were looking for these three militants all over India and had sent their information and pictures to RAB.
When contacted, Rajshahi RAB 5 captain Lieutenant Colonel Mahabubur Alam told the Bangla Tribune: “Their [militants] bodies were completely burnt and so were their mobile phones and documents. We have not yet been able to identify them.
“We are investigating the issue of the three militants Kolkata police is looking for and not leaving out any possibility regarding their identities.”
He said further steps will be taken after getting the DNA report of the Chapainawabganj militants.
The RAB officer said: “We interrogated the locals in Alatuli. We have not received any information regarding them [militants].”
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Due to the Padma river basin, India has not been able to put up wire fencing at Alatuli’s Bokorchor and Nirmalchar under Godagari upazila. Alatuli Moddhochar and Bokorchor both are adjacent to the Indian border.
Locals think that the militants might have chosen Moddhochar as people can easily walk across the border during the dry season.
They said the people living in the area did not pay much attention to the house as only shepherds stayed there.
The RAB 5 captain said: “The river is full to the brim, so there is no chance anyone can cross it, but there are also other options for travelling. There is not much surveillance in the area as it is secluded.
“People are aware about things related to militants. So, they [militants] chose this place to build their den, keeping in mind different factors.”
Mahabubur Alam said: “Thousands of people live in these chars. We are carrying out drives to find out information about them.”
He added they were also trying to create awareness among the char residents about terrorism and militancy.
This article was first published on Bangla Tribune