Detectives have arrested a local leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League in Narail Sadar upazila for suspected links with militants.
The arrestee, Al Mamun Gazi, 28, is the president of Chhatra League Narail Sadar unit, sources said.
Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune, Narail Sadar police station OC Subhash Biswas said police arrested him from Lashkarpur village in Narail Sadar on Sunday evening based on information they received regarding his connection with militant groups.
“He has been arrested for similar allegations before and was in jail for a long time,” the OC added.
Requesting to remain anonymous, several residents of Lashkarpur told the Dhaka Tribune that Mamun is an active member of banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
He was involved in the countrywide bomb attacks carried out by the JMB activists in 2005, and was arrested for that reason. Later after he was released, he joined Chhatra League to save himself from the law enforcers and eventually became the student party's president in Narail Sadar.
The Dhaka Tribune contacted Chhatra League Narail district unit President Mahmud Toofan, who said he was not aware of Mamun's militant background.
“If he is indeed involved with militants, appropriate action will be taken against him,” he said.