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Security beefed up in Dhaka jails for fear of militant attacks

Bangladesh beefs up security in jails across the country, fearing militant attacks on VIP prisoners on the first anniversary of the execution of six outlawed JMB kingpins.

world Updated: Mar 30, 2008 08:42 IST

Emergency-ruled Bangladesh has beefed up security in jails across the country, fearing militant attacks on VIP prisoners on the first anniversary of the execution of six outlawed Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) kingpins, reports said.

"There are many VIP prisoners inside the jails. The militants might carry out attacks on them or create a situation that might lead to untoward incidents," the private Ekushey television quoted Deputy Inspector General (prisons) Major Shamsul Haider Siddique as saying on Saturday night.

Jail officials, however, said they did not have any specific information of militant attacks.

Six JMB leaders, including its chief Shaikh Abdur Rahman and second-in-command Siddikul Islam alias Bangla Bhai, were hanged on March 29 last year for killing two Jhalakhati judges while 27 operatives of the outfit were now in death row at different prisons pending their appeal hearing.

About 350 others were awaiting trial or sentenced to varying terms.

JMB activists had allegedly killed nearly 200 people and carried out bombing attacks between 2000 and 2005 as part of their campaign to establish Islamic rule of their brand.