Dhaka: Bangladesh police on Saturday arrested
25 alleged operatives of militant group Allar Dal, an offshoot
of the banned Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh in northwestern
Gaibandha as part of a stepped up campaign against extremists.
Gaibandha`s police chief Shahadat Hossain said a
police squad, acting on a tip-off, raided a village in the
district where the operatives were reportedly holding a
meeting on their future course of actions.
He said the detained militants were taken to Gaibandha
Sadar police station for initial questioning and police was
expected to seek a court order tomorrow to quiz them in their
The development came months after Allar Dal chief
Matin Mehdi was arrested from Gaibandha. He was on the run to
evade death penalty for his links to a countrywide blasts,
carried out by JMB in 2005.
Mehedi was handed down the capital punishment along
with 19 others.
Security analyst, retired major general A N M
Muniruzzaman, who heads the Bangladesh Institute for Peace and
Security Studies (BIPSS) said that Allar Dal was created as an
offshoot of JMB several years ago.
He said the leaders of the outfit asked the JMB
operatives to split in different groups with different names
for survival against the backdrop of an intensified
The Dal members staged frequent protests in Dhaka
demanding establishment of an Islamic state.
JMB witnessed a massive setback when six of their
kingpins, including chief Shaikh Abdur Rahman, were hanged in
2007 and Bangladesh was under a state of emergency under a
military-backed interim government.
Police had a week earlier said the JMB has prepared a
list of 12 prominent politicians mostly belonging to the
ruling Awami League, who were on their target.
"We`ve received a hit-list of 10 to 12 important
persons including top political figure. We`re verifying the
information... the people on the list are very important in
the government," police chief of the northwestern Bogra
Humayun Kabir had told newsmen on June 15.
Bangladesh witnessed growth of several militant
outfits including JMB and Harkatul Jihad al Islami in the past
one decade and they carried out a series of terrorist attacks
demanding establishment of a Islamic state.