The Jamaat- ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh cadres are being segregated in different high security central jails in Bengal coupled with an increase of guards and twenty four hours surveillance on them. The move comes after Bhopal prison break, where six SIMI activists escaped from jail and then were shot down by the police.
Intelligence agencies have already alerted the state government that the JMB cadres are more prone to try for a prison break. There are nearly two dozen JMB leaders and cadres in jails arrested for their connection with the Burdwan bomb blasts.
On February 23, 2014, gunmen opened fire and tossed bombs at a prison van carrying leaders of JMB to court in Bangladesh, freeing three of their colleagues and killing a policeman in the ambush. The three convicts were leaders of JMB, including the group’s explosives expert.
“We are not taking any chances. Earlier, they were all placed together in Presidency central jail. But we are now dividing the group and placing them in Alipore central jail and Dumdum central jail,” said a senior officer of the state jail department.
“The state government has been alerted by intelligence agencies that the JMB accused may try escape attempt from jail, helped by cadres outside,” said an officer.
According to sources, strength of warders keeping an eye after the JMB cadres has been doubled, apart from increasing security. The JMB cadres are also kept under 24 hour surveillance and CCTV glare.
“Five JMB cadres were transferred from Presidency central jail to Alipore central jail on the day of Bhopal jail break. On Tuesday, a cadre was transferred from Presidency to Dumdum central jail,” said an officer of the state jail department.
Sixteen JMB cadres, arrested after Burdwan blasts, were behind the bars. In September, six more top JMB cadres were arrested from Bengal and Assam, taking their strength in jails to 22.
Initially jailed, five of those arrested in September were taken by NIA for questioning.
Khagragore blast, which took place in Burdwan on October 2, 2014, blew the lid of JMB network, apart from existence of indoctrination centres and arms making hub in Bengal.