Kolkata Police bust terror module, 6 JMB ultras held
The six accused – including five people who were involved with the Khagragarh blast that took place on October 2, 2014 – were arrested in the last 48 hours from Cooch Behar, Assam and North 24 Parganas. Police seized detonators, around 2 kg of a white power suspected to be explosive material, wires, books on preparing Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), fake identity cards, guide maps, a Bangladeshi Trade Licence and both Indian and Bangladesh currencies.
Vishal Garg, Joint Commissioner of police, STF, said the police had been keeping a watch on the movement of the JMB activists after receiving a tip-off that members of the banned outfit once again started reorganising, within two years of the Khagragarh incident.
“Though not in Bengal or Kolkata, investigation has revealed that they have managed to get some hideouts in North-East states and south India,” Garg said, adding that three of them are from Bangladesh, one is from Mangalkote in Burdwan and two are from Assam.
STF officers came to know about the activities and plans of the top leaders of JMB following the arrest of Jabirul alias Jahidul Islam from Cachar in Assam on Saturday evening. Jahidul was initially arrested for his involvement in a fake currency racket. After interrogating him further, investigating officers realised that he was the same person whose name was in the National Investigation Agency’s (NIA) chargesheet in connection with the Khagragarh blast.
Police came to know from Jahidul about the regrouping of the five other JMB leaders to carry out a terror attack somewhere in Assam and started placing their officers on the routes through which JMB members were supposed to pass to reach their destinations.
Inam alias Anwar Hossain Faruk, the JMB chief of Bengal, and Md Rubel alias Rafique, an IED expert, were arrested from near the India-Bangladesh border while on their way to a hideout in a bus on Bongaon-Bagdah road on Sunday. Rafique was in-charge of inducting JMB leaders from Bangladesh in India.
Police found a chart containing the ‘organisation tree’ for Bengal from Inam and he was the main person behind collection and dissemination of funds for the activities of JMB in the state.