The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Wednesday night arrested 11 activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student’s wing of the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, with huge explosives and bomb making equipment from a house in the capital’s Pikepara in Mirpur.
Captain Tahsin Salehin of Rab-4, said acting on a tipoff, the Rab-4 personnel carried out a raid at the house, used as a mess in Middle Pikepara around 10pm and arrested the 11 individuals, aged beteween 20 and 25 years.
“We have recovered a huge amount of explosives, petrol bombs, iron rods, anti-government leaflets and other publications,” said Captain Tahsin.
He said those explosives and iron rods have been gathered for carrying out subversive acts during hartals while the leaflets and publications were printed for use in campaign against the government.
The detainees were students of different educational institutions and they took part in arson attacks and vandalism during the first day of the 48-hour-long hartal on Wednesday. Details would be provided at a briefing at 11am on Thursday, he said.