Kolkata: In a major breakthrough, the authorities on Monday arrested six operatives belonging to the Bangladesh-based terror outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), which is believed to have played a role in the Burdwan blast in October 2014.
According to initial reports, five out of the six arrested terrorists are wanted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with the Burdwan blast case.
They have been arrested by the Special Task Force of the Kolkata Police, which was been tracking their activities for a long time. Out of those arrested, 3 are from Bangladesh, and the remaining three are from India.
Vishal Garg, Joint Commissioner of Kolkata Police, said at a press conference that the terrorists are being interrogated to find out the reason for their presence in India. They have been involved in several terrorist activities.
The arrested terrorists are – Maulana Yusuf from Bangladesh, Anwar Hussain from Bangladesh, Sahidul Islam from Assam’s Barpeta, Mohammad Rubel, Abdul Kalam from Assam’s Barpeta and Jamrul Islam alias Jahidul Islam from Assam’s Kachar. Maulana was recruited for providing training to the terrorists. Sahidul’s main work was to carry out terrorist activities. Mohammad Rubel, Abdul and Jamrul are in NIA’s most wanted list. Mohammad Rubel is highly skilled in preparing IED.
The authorities have also seized a large cache of arms and ammunition including detonators, cables, mobile phones etc. from them.
With the arrest, the Special Task Force claimed to have busted a major terror module of the Bangladesh-based terror outfit.
The arrested operatives were planning to carry out more attacks on the elected government in Bangladesh and in bordering Indian states.
They will be interrogated by the NIA sleuths for more leads in connection with the case. The arrest has also exposed the dreaded nexus between the Indian terrorists and the Bangladesh based Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen.
The central government had recently issued alert to the CISF against a big terrorist attack in Kolkata. The main targeted spots as mentioned were, Kolkata Airport, Park Street and several other places. Post this, the police started searching several places both in Kolkata and areas adjoining Kolkata in North and South 24 Parganas.
On October 2 2014, at 12:00 noon an explosion occurred in a two-storeyed building in the Khagragarh locality of Burdwan.