CTTC recovered detonators and explosives materials from their possession
The Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit (CTTC) of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) arrested a suspected ameer and two members of the banned militant outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
They arrestees are, Abu Rayhan alias Mahmud alias Abdul Hadi, Habibur Rahman alias Chan Miah, and Rajibur Rahman alias Rajib alias Sagor.
CTTC Chief Monirul Islam confirmed the matter during a press briefing on Monday.
He said: "The JMB men were held from Vatara's Saidnagar area around 6:40pm on Sunday. One of the three held, Abu Rayhan alias Abdul Hadi, is an "ameer" of the old JMB.
"Around 150 detonators, 20 explosive gel sticks, a commando knife and some books provoking extremism were seized from their possession during the drive."
Abu Rayhan was in direct contact with Salahuddin Salehin, a global JMB ameer, Monirul Islam said adding that the two are brothers-in-law.
In 2017, as Khorshed Alam, the then ameer of JMB (Bangladesh chapter), was killed during an anti-militant drive, Abu Rayhan got the responsibility of JMB.
Rayhan since then has been trying to re-establish JMB and in order to do so he was trying to build a madrasa and a training centre in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) where they would provide training to people.
They conducted robberies and engaged in other illegal activities to collect funds. Meanwhile, one Maulana Abdur Rahman Rakib also collected funds from abroad and sent them to the country, added the CTTC chief.
Meanwhile, Habibur Rahman alias Chan Miah was arrested in March last year after he was found involved in a robbery at a house in Dakkhinkhan, Dhaka. However, he got bail and again started militant activities, Monirul Islam said.
Another arrestee, Rajibur Rahman alias Rajib alias Sagor hailing from bordering area in Sherpur district would arrange all meetings and programs at his house in the area the CTTC chief further added.