Six men who were arrested by the Assam Police two weeks ago for their alleged connection with the explosion in Burdwan, West Bengal were sent to judicial custody by the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) here on Friday.
The six men, Shaikhul Islam @ Abdullah (20), Rafikul Islam (39), Md. Shiraj Ali Khan (53), Jahuruddin (60), Golam Usmani (23) and Sarbesh Ali (35), hail from three different villages in Barpeta district. Among them, Shaikhul Islam alias Abdulla of Kahikuchi village in Barpeta is said to be an important member of the Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (Party of the Mujahideen) sleeper cell in Assam, the police said.
While the police had sought remand for two of them – Shaikhul Islam and Rafikul Islam – the CJM’s court rejected that plea and remanded all of them in judicial custody for two weeks. They will be required to be produced before the court again on November 5. Both Shaikhul Islam and Rafikul Islam are also said to have been a close associate of Shakil Ahmed, a JMB operative who was one of the two persons killed in the Burdwan blast on October 2.
Meanwhile, Assam Police director-general Khagen Sarma has said that the police have information that some youths from Assam were visiting Bangladesh at the instance of the JMB. “We have received information against some youths who have been visiting Bangladesh for getting training under the Islamic terror networks such as the JMB to carry out terror attacks,” Sarma said on Thursday. He also said the police have evidence against the six persons arrested in Barpeta and had kept them under surveillance till they were arrested on October 10.