Bangladesh's elite anti-crime force arrested 44 top leaders and activists of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh, amid fears that the banned Islamist militant organisation was trying to regroup, a news report said on Sunday.
According to an official of the anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), they have arrested a total of 44 leaders and cadres of JMB during last six months, Bangladesh's national news agency BSS said on Sunday.
Moreover, the headquarters and its 12 battalions so far have arrested 475 JMB cadres in the country from 2005 to 2008, the report said.
Inspector General of Police Nur Mohammad said the police and other security agencies were in close coordination in line with a recent government directive in a bid to intensify the anti-militancy campaign in the country.
"The militant groups are now literally on the run because of the stringent vigil of police and other law enforcement and intelligence agencies," Mohammad was quoted as saying by the BSS.
Commander SM Abul Kalam Azad, the RAB spokesman, said their men so far arrested have 46 members of JMB's highest policymaking body (Majlish-e-Shura) of the banned outfit, alongside 103 Ehsar members.
A total of 17 members 'suicidal squad' of JMB were arrested by RAB while 10 members of "Gayebi Ehshar" (hidden cadre) were held during the period, according to the RAB director.