Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in an operation in the early hours of Saturday, arrested five Jamaat-e-Islami men, including two district-level leaders, with firearms, handmade bombs and pamphlets from the capital's Uttara and Fakirapool areas.
The arrestees were identified as Jamaat's Chapainawabganj unit Ameer Nazrul Islam, Mohammad Abdul Latif, Baitulmal Islami Foundation’s Chapainawabganj unit general secretary Mohammad Shahjahan and Feni district unit Nayeb-e-Ameer Muhammad Abu Bakar Siddique.
“A Rab 1 team raided the second floor of House 65 on Road 7 at Uttara Sector 4 at around 3am and arrested Nazrul Islam and his accomplices,” ATM Habibur Rahman, director of Rab legal and media wing, told reporters in a briefing at the Rab headquarters on Saturday.
“One revolver with three bullets, 10 crude bombs and a large number of terrorist books and leaflets were recovered from their possession,” he said.
“In another drive a Rab 3 team arrested Feni district unit Nayeb-e-Ameer Abu Bakar from Asia International Hotel in the city's Fakirapool area at around 4am,” he said, adding that 10 handmade bombs were recovered from his possession.
Director Habib said Rab has intelligence that these Jamaat men were planning to carry out destructive activities in the capital on the eve of BNP's rally at Motijheel and also during the Dhaka siege programme of Hefazat-e-Islam on May 5.
He said that Nazrul Islam was accused in six criminal cases while Abdul Latif was accused in one case in their respective localities. Legal action will be taken against the arrestees shortly, he added.