In a major crackdown, the Assam Police has arrested three suspected Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) cadres in Barpeta district of the state on Tuesday.
Speaking to media over the development, the Superintendent of Police Robin Kumar said that the police had been keeping a watch on activities of the terrorist organisation in the light of the upcoming celebrations of Independence Day in the country.
"We received an input on Monday night about the presence of three cadres in Bhabanipur area. We were successful in arresting Hafizur Rahman," Kumar said speaking in the matter.
He also confirmed that during the arrest, country-made revolver and four live rounds have also been seized from the cadre.
"Following his arrest, we conducted a raid on Tuesday and arrested two trained JMB cadres, Sariful Islam and Yaqub Ali, from Koyakuchi area. A country-made revolver and four live rounds were also seized from them," the officer said.
Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) is a terrorist organisation mainly operating in Bangladesh. As per reports, one of the three suspects, Hafizur, did his schooling in a Madrassa in Barpeta after which he went to Uttar Pradesh to get a degree. Meanwhile, the court has sent Hafizpur Rehman on eight-day police custody.
As per the SP, the three cadres were trained in 2014 by Shakeel Ahmed who lost his life in Burdwan blast.
On 2 October 2014, an explosion took place in a house in the Khagragarh locality of Burdwan, West Bengal in which two suspects of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh were killed and a third was injured. The police had seized 55 improvised explosive devices, RDX, wristwatch dials and SIM cards during the investigation.