The four arrested Bangladeshi terrorists belong to the terrorist outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) which was banned in Bangladesh were escaping arrests in Bangladesh by hiding in Kolkata, says Kolkata police officials.
Police also revealed that the culprits’ principal motive was allegedly to recruit people and raise funds to spread the Islamic State propaganda in India.
Kolkata Police have on Tuesday smashed a massive terror module and arrested four terrorists with links to the Bangladeshi terror organisation, Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), and the Islamic State from West Bengal’s prime locations of Howrah and Sealdah.
The police Special Task Force nabbed two Bangladeshis from the Sealdah railway station parking lot and one from the Howrah station area. All three have affiliations to the Neo-JMB and the Islamic State. The fourth terrorist is an Indian national who was also arrested from the Howrah station area.
The Bangladeshis have been identified as Mohammed Jiaur Rahman, of Chapai Nawabganj; Mamonur Rashid of Rampura; and Mohammed Sahin Alam, of Rajshahi. The Indian has been identified as Robiul Islam from Birbhum district.
A mobile phone containing photos, videos, text and jihadi literature were seized from them. The four have also confirmed during interrogation that their motive was to overthrow the democratically-elected governments in Bangladesh and India.
The JMB is a banned group in Bangladesh and has been involved in several terror activities there as well as West Bengal. The Neo-JMB is a faction of the JMB and operated under the overview of the Islamic State, the dreaded outfit of West Asia.