Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), the banned terror group allegedly involved in the Burdwan blast, was planning to carry out terror attacks in India, in addition to its plans to trigger explosions in neighbouring Bangladesh.
According to the sources in the NIA who questioned Sheikh Rahamatullah alias Sajid, allegedly the mastermind of the October 2 blast, JMB was trying to set up a terror network in West Bengal, particularly in three districts of Murshidabad, Nadia, Malda, and in Assam through armed struggle. They said the JMB also wanted to establish the “Shariyat” rule in Bangladesh.
The JMB was ready to do terror acts to achieve their goal, Sajid is claimed to have confessed before the investigators.
Videos of alleged atrocities on Muslims were recovered from the possession of Sajid, who is a Bangladeshi national and stated to be the chief commander of JMB. He told the interrogators that such clippings were showed to indoctrinate many youth into JMB’s fold, sources said.
During interrogation, Sajid also spoke about the process of selecting hideouts, procurement and use of IEDs besides identifying, recruiting and indoctrinating youths from various madrasas, they said.
On October 2, the blast took place inside a house at Khagragar in Burdwan in which suspected terrorist Shakil Ahmed died on the spot while his associate Sovan Mandal died in hospital.
Sajid, who was carrying a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head, was arrested by West Bengal Police on Saturday from the Airport area of North 24-Parganas district.