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Three ‘Jamaat operatives’ arrested, were collecting funds for organisation: STF

A senior police said that the three suspected terrorists were nabbed following a tip-off.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata |
Updated: July 12, 2021 1:03:57 am
STF Joint Commissioner V Solomon Nesakumar briefs media after the three arrests, at the police headquarters in Kolkata on Sunday. (Express photo)

The Kolkata Police’s Special Task Force (STF) on Sunday arrested three suspected Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) operatives from the city’s Haridevpur locality.

The initial investigation has revealed that the suspected Bangladeshi nationals, who are reportedly from the neighbouring country’s Gopalganj area, were living in a rented house on MG Road, and were collecting funds for the organisation. They will be produced in Bankshall court on Monday.

The STF said it recovered mobile phones, two religious books, a diary and an Indian identity card from the accused. According to the police, the three had rented the house claiming they were here for medical treatment. They masqueraded as fruit and mosquito net sellers.

The police identified the three as Naziur Rahman Powell alias Jayaram Vyapari alias Joseph (30), Raviul Islam (22) and Sheikh Shabbir alias Mikail Khan (30). The police said the accused illegally crossed the border about a month ago, and arrived here. Asked if they had links to the two suspected Ansar Ghazwat-ul Hind operatives arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) in Lucknow during the day, an officer said, “We are checking that angle also.”

STF Joint Commissioner V Solomon Nesakumar said he had received information about “active JMB terrorists” from Bangladesh being spotted in Haridevpur. The police monitored the activities of the three for the last few days before arresting them. The accused used to follow several terrorist organisations on social media, according to officials.

The police claimed that the diary recovered from them mentions the names of many active JMB operatives and their mobile numbers. The police also claimed to have found suspicious WhatsApp chats on the mobiles that were seized, and some “objectionable posters”.

Nesakumar said the accused were focussed on collecting funds. The police are now investigating if any local person was supporting them.

The JMB had carried out a terror attack at a popular cafe in Dhaka in 2016. It killed 22 people, including 17 foreigners. According to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), the JMB is trying to spread its influence in India.

With PTI inputs

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