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Extremist outfit Allahr Dal banned in Bangladesh

  • Published at 11:05 pm November 6th, 2019

The organization was formed in 1995 under the leadership of Matin Mehedi alias Mominul Islam

The government has banned extremist outfit Allahr Dal, terming it as a threat to public safety.

In an official notification yesterday, the Ministry of Home Affairs said the group has been banned as its activities pose a threat to public safety and security.

The move came a day after Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan mentioned that the government would ban eight extremist outfits.

"Intelligence agencies have already received inputs on eight outfits, and steps will be taken against them," he said then before adding it was already decided to outlaw Allahr Dal.

Allahr Dal was formed in 1995 under the leadership of Matin Mehedi alias Mominul Islam, and in late 2004, the outfit merged with banned militant organization Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).

In August this year, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) claimed to arrest four of its activists, including acting chief Ibrahim Ahmed Hiro.

As JMB faced a serious blow following arrests of its top leaders following the 2005 countrywide bomb blasts, Matin left JMB with his followers and tried to reorganize as Allahr Dal, police sources said.

Matin was arrested in 2007 when he was still the chief of the outfit, according to RAB.