Four Bangladeshi Jamat-e-Mujahideen terrorists arrested in Bhopal

In a major development, Madhya Pradesh police on Sunday arrested four terror suspects from two areas of the state capital, Bhopal. In a special operation by MP Police, officials arrested four terrorists belonging to the banned Jamat-e-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) terror group, Home Minister Narottam Mishra said. They have been identified as Fazhar Ali, Md Aqueel, Zahooruddin and Fazhar Zainul, all from Bangladesh, MP police said in a statement.

Sources claimed that two of the operatives were arrested in a surprise operation earlier in the day from Aishbagh region while two others were apprehended later on their entries from Karond region.

MP ATS submitted a report to DGP Madhya Pradesh Sudhir Saxena after the arrest. The DGP had convened a high-level meeting on the matter in the presence of senior officers. About 50 jawans from the police and security agencies took part in the operation.

Incriminating material including jihadi literature, electronic gadgets and suspicious documents was recovered from their possession, Mishra said, adding that more details will be shared as they will reveal material information during questioning.

Agents were preparing a remote sleeper cell that was to channel anti-national activities. Literature and other items found in the possession of the agents suggest that they are active members of Jamat-e-Mujahideen Bangladesh, the statement said.

Members of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh were involved in the Burdwan blasts, which killed two people in 2014, and the Bodbgaya blasts. The outfit was banned by the Center in 2019 under the UAPA counterterrorism law. Team members were preparing to establish a base, sleeper cells and aimed to plan major attacks, officials said.

Nayaab Jehan, owner of the house in the Aishbagh area where the members were hiding, told media they heard a noise around 3:30 a.m. and saw a crowd and police. A computer mechanic had rented the house for ‘Ahmed’, claiming he was taking a religion course, she said.

“I had asked them to offer an Aadhaar card but Ahmed kept dodging it and later brought another boy to live with him,” Jehan said, adding that they used to go out of the house. to buy vegetables and rations only. The young people had told the owner that they would leave the house in 15 days. Residents claimed they had been living in the area for a year and a half.

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