Five other suspects have managed to get away during the raid, police say
Four suspected high-profile members of militant outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) were detained in Bogra early Monday.
The four suspects are JMB Rangpur unit Dawah unit chief Azharul Islam Wahnur, 32, Gangachara Dawah unit chief Akramuzzaman Mukul, 26, and Rangpur district militant wing members Faruq alias Shaju, 22, and Abdul Hakim Milon, 34.
The intelligence unit of the police headquarters, along with Bogra Detective Branch (DB), conducted a combined drive with help from Rangpur and Lalmonirhat district police on remote Bagdohora char on the Teesta river in Gangachara upazila of Rangpur, said Bogra Superintendent of Police Ali Ashraf Bhuiyan at a press briefing Monday afternoon.
Five other suspects were able to get away during the raid, he said.
An AK-22 rifle, 15 bullets, a rifle magazine, two pistols, three pistol magazines, two Burmese knives and Tk55,000 were recovered from the suspects.
SP Ashraf said police believe the group was planning to murder a local Union Parishad (UP) chairman, and conduct a number of large-scale subversive operations before the general election.
“Primary questioning has revealed that three of the escaped militants had recently delivered the weapons to the others for safekeeping. The group was planning to set up a training centre and hideout for JMB members on Bagdohora char. They also planned to murder a UP chairman in Rangpur because of his obstruction in their affairs,” Ashraf added.
“If they were not taken into custody, the group would have caused serious harm to country and community. We are currently trying to track down those who escaped,” he said.
A case under the Anti-Terrorism Act was being prepared when this report was filed at 5:30pm on Monday.
The suspects are to be taken to court, where a 10-day remand will be requested, police sources said.