The six Bangla Bhai aides were arrested during raids in different parts of Baghmara upazila on Friday and on Saturday. They are accused in murder, abduction and torture cases, Baghmara police OC Nasim Ahmed told the Dhaka Tribune.
They are Abul Hossain, 55, Lutfor Rahman, 48, Abdul Mannan, 45, Rohidul Islam, 43, Abdur Rashid, 34, and Abdus Sattar, 28. They had returned to their locality after some of them secured bails while others were cleared of the charges.
“They were trying to reorganise the JMB and plotting sabotage,” the officer said.
Bangla Bhai’s deputy Mahtab Khamaru was arrested for the fourth time in September last year while Bangla Bhai’s former adviser Lutfor Rahman Pramanik alias Professor Lutfor was arrested in August 2015.
Formed in 1998, JMB flourished under Siddiqur Rahman alias Bangla Bhai by carrying out killings in Rajshahi region in 2004. Most of the top leaders were hanged in March, 2007.
A new faction, affiliated with Islamic State, carried out dozens of attacks in the last two years.
The suicide squad member, Harunur Rashid, 32, was arrested from Haripur in Thakurgaon early on Saturday. He is the son of Noman Ali from Mohendragaon Afzal Dighi village.
Additional Superintendent of Police Dewan Mohammad Lalon Ahmed labelled Harun as a listed criminal. He was earlier arrested by detectives in Dhaka.
“Police conducted the raid on information that he was trying to regroup the JMB. Harun has confessed to being a member of the outfit’s suicide squad,” he added.
Baraigram police in Natore arrested two members of old JMB, Sahab Uddin, 45, and Rohidul Islam, 42, from Merigachha village early on Saturday. The duo were later produced before a court and sent to jail.
Baraigram OC Shahriar Khan said that the duo had been arrested in 2009, and later got bail from the High Court. “They were brought to the police station today to interrogate if they were still involved with any subversive activities.”