Guwahati: Terror outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) has set up base in Assam and some people from the state are undergoing training and maintaining links with the group, Director General of Police Khagen Sharma on Tuesday said.
After the October 2 explosion at Khagragarh in West Bengal's Burdwan district, Assam police had conducted raids at various places and kept some people under surveillance, the DGP told reporters on the sidelines of a police event here.
With the arrest of six JMB linkmen from Barpeta district after the Burdwan blast and surveillance, the police had evidence of a sleeper cell of JMB in the state, Sharma said.
Assam being the neighbouring state of Bengal, the DGP said, JMB was trying to spread here while concentrating its presence in Lower and Central Assam as well as the Barak Valley, which is along the Indo-Bangladesh border.
To a question, the DGP said the police never make arrests without evidence.
Formed in 1998 in Palampur in Bangladesh by Maulana Abdur Rahman, the JMB was banned by the Bangladesh government in 2005 after attacks on NGOs, but it struck that year by exploding 500 bombs at 300 sites across that country.