STF nabs 4 Neo-JMB, IS terrorists in city
Kolkata: The Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police has arrested four terrorists of Neo Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and Islamic State (IS) from Sealdah and Howrah on Monday night and Tuesday morning respectively.
Several 'jihadi' literature, texts, videos and photographs were seized from the arrested terrorists. One of the arrested persons hails from India, who was providing shelter and logistics support to the three terrorists from the neighbouring Bangladesh. All of them were produced before the Bankshall Court on Tuesday and were remanded to police custody till July 9.
According to STF officials, on Tuesday evening sleuths came to know from their sources that a few members of JMB have come to Kolkata with ill motives. Based on the information, police kept a strict vigil in and around Sealdah railway station.
At night, two suspects were identified at the parking lot of Sealdah railway station and were subsequently surrounded by the STF sleuths. Several books, photographs, videos and mobile phones containing 'jihadi' content were found while searching them.
They were immediately taken to the STF facility in Lalbazar and were arrested in due course. Later during interrogation, the duo was identified as Md. Jiaur Rahman alias Mohsin alias Jahir Abbas of Chapai-Nawabgunj and Mamonur Rashid of Rangpur in Bangladesh.
They stated that two more members of their group would reach Howrah railway station early on Tuesday morning. Based on the information, sleuths kept a strict vigil in and around the station since Monday night. Early on Monday morning, the STF team saw two suspicious looking persons outside the station. The sleuths followed them till a certain distance and surrounded them.
When police asked them to open their bags, the duo identified as Md. Sahin Alam alias Alamin of Rajsahi in Bangladesh and Robiul Islam of Birbhum tried to flee, but failed as they were surrounded by STF personnel in plain clothes. Immediately, the duo was detained and taken to Lalbazar, where sleuths found 'jihadi' literature while searching their bags. After the seizures were made, the duo was arrested.
According to sources, the trio from Bangladesh had come to India where Islam was providing them with shelter and logistics support. Sleuths claimed that the trio had taken shelter in India to escape arrest in Bangladesh. They were also involved in recruitment and collection of funds for their organisation in India.
Islam, who is also a member of the organisation, was helping them with fund collection and recruitment apart from providing them shelter. They were active on social media propagating their agenda and a lot of digital documents, video and audio files along with 'jihadi' content were used for the same. STF officials also claimed that their organisation's motive was to overthrow the governments of India and Bangladesh, with the intention to establish Sharia law under a Caliphate.