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Kolkata Police STF seize detonators, computer, cellphones from home of two suspected JMB members in Bengal

Suspected JMB militant Abdul Bari and Nijamuddin Khan are suspected to be involved in the recruitment and training of militants in North Dinajpur in Bengal. STF says they were acting directly under the instructions of JMB’s top leadership.

india Updated: Sep 05, 2019 17:29 IST
Sreyasi Pal
Sreyasi Pal
Hindustan Times, Berhampore
STF search operation led to seizure of detonators among other objectionable material from the homes of suspected JMB militants
STF search operation led to seizure of detonators among other objectionable material from the homes of suspected JMB militants(Representational Image: Shutterstock)
         

Kolkata Police’s Special Task Force (STF) personnel on Wednesday recovered detonators, laptops with charges, cellphone and some other alleged objectionable material from the houses of two suspected members of Jamaat ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), held on August 3.

Detonators, laptop with charges, one mobile phone, capacitors, LED small bulbs, wire cutter, table clock, glue sticks and hack saw blade were recovered from the house of suspected militant Abdul Bari (28) and the search at 28-year old Nijamuddin Khan’s house in Itahar of North Dinajpur district-- about 380 km away from Kolkata—led to seizure of a laptop with charges and a sim card, said the STF in a statement .

District police officers on condition of anonymity said that interrogators have found that Bari visited Mokimnagar madrasa under Lalgola police station area in Murshidabad district several times.

Also Read: Jamaat ul Mujahideen in Bengal – A decade of activities

While investigating the 2014 Burdwan blast, officers of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) came to know that this madrasa was used for indoctrination and training of jihadis and sealed it subsequently.

On August 3, STF officers said that Bari and Khan, who were in charge of ‘North Dinajpur module’ of the banned JMB, used to look after recruitment and training under the instructions of Salahuddin Salahein and Ejaz Ahmed, two top leaders of the outfit.

Cops came to know about Bari and Khan after grilling Abul Kashem, a JMB militant from Kolkata, on August 2.

Also Read: Bangladesh terror group setting up bases near border, ties up with Pak’s LeT

Bari’s arrest has left the residents of his Kashimpur village in North Dinajpur district in disbelief.

“We don’t believe that he was associated with any terrorist outfit or with the recruitment of terrorists. We are sure he was framed,” said Mosharaf Hossain, Bari’s maternal uncle.

Bari used to work at a local pathological laboratory. He was missing for nine days before STF nabbed him from Shamsi area in Bengal’s Malda district. His family had lodged a missing diary with Itahar police station.

First Published: Sep 05, 2019 15:23 IST

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