`Bangladeshi militant group operates in 3 Indian districts`

Last Updated: Saturday, May 29, 2010 - 14:55

Dhaka: A top commander of Bangladesh`s outlawed radical outfit Jamaatul Mujahideen (JMB) is reported to be in India where the group claimed it has established operational cells in three border districts of West Bengal.

The elusive commander Sohel Mahfuz who is the member of the JMB`s highest policy making Shura has gone underground in India, the group`s chief Saidur Rahman Zafar has told the police.

Zafar, said the JMB, which is reported to have close links with the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen has established three cells in Malda, Nadia and Murshidabad districts of West Bengal
with 100 fulltime operatives, Rahman Zafar, the nabbed chief of JMB told the police during questioning.

The cells are being used to smuggle explosives and weapons into Bangladesh, he said. His comments come in the backdrop of Indian intelligence reports that there was a nexus
between Bangladesh, Pakistani terrorist groups and militant groups operating in India`s northeast.

Rahman who is being interrogated by a joint team of police and intelligence groups has also disclosed that JMB was running seven madrasas in these districts with 10,000
sympathisers.

The JMB chief said the outfit was trying to re-group after its founder Shaikh Abdur Rahman and his second-in-command Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai were
executed in 2007.

The arrest of the JMB chief has been hailed by the US and the country`s police chief Nur Mohammad has said "We expect the JMB to lost its strength largely after the arrest of
Zafar".

PTI



First Published: Saturday, May 29, 2010 - 14:55
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