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Dhaka Tribune

JMB on mission destruction

Update : 25 Feb 2014, 10:02 PM

Police are publicising photos of Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh leaders Salehin and “Boma” Mizan, as the law enforcement and intelligence agencies failed to recapture them three days after their daring escape from police custody.

Police think the freed JMB leaders are part of a bigger plan to reorganise the banned militant outfit and launch more violence nationwide.

Jalal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury, assistant inspector general of police (AIG-Media), yesterday said computer-generated mug-shots of the JMB leaders had been created for publicity so that anybody spotting them could inform the authorities.

The police headquarters had announced a bounty of Tk5 lakh for the capture of any of the two JMB leaders.

Three top JMB leaders – death-row convicts Salauddin Salehin and Rakib Hasan alias Hafez Mahmud alias Rasel, and Saidul Islam alias “Boma”Mizan, who was serving a life sentence– were hijacked from a prison van by fellow JMB men on February 23 while the three were being transferred to a Mymensingh jail from Gazipur. A policeman was killed in the incident.

Rakib was recaptured within six hours of the incident and killed in a “gunfight” with the law enforcers early Monday.

Police arrested three more JMB operatives, including the driver of one of the microbuses used in the hijacking, and the driver’s wife. The police claimed to have seized nine firearms, around 50 bullets, eight magazines and two microbuses.

They also claimed to have retrieved a list of JMB members detained in different jails and details of their families from a laptop of driver Zakaria Himel after the arrest of his wife Swapna Begum from their Gazipur house. Another detained JMB man was identified as Anwar Hossain Rasel.

Police are interrogating Zakaria and Anwar in Tangail in remand. Gazipur police and Detective Branch of police are interrogating Swapna.

Hasibul Alam, acting superintendent of police of Tangail district, told the Dhaka Tribune: “The JMB operatives have disclosed that they were assigned to reorganise their banned organisation at any cost. Those found obstructing their ways would be killed.”

Quoting Zakaria, the acting SP said: “The mission of the JMB is to reorganise the banned outfit through massive destructive activities, and freeing of the three JMB leaders was part of that mission.”

Asked about the sources of the money used to purchase several microbuses and huge firearms, he said they were trying to extract information on the sources of their money, as well as their patronisers.

Officials of two committees formed to probe the incident of snatching the JMB men yesterday visited the spot and talked to a number of witnesses.They also interrogated officials of jails in Gazipur where the JMB leaders had been detained.

JMB leaders had allegedly used their own mobile phones inside jails to communicate with others in the outfit and masterminded the escape plan, while a section of Gazipur police is suspected to be involved in the escape. 

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