Acting on a tip off, the Kolkata Police’s Special Task Force (STF) arrested four neo-Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) operatives from Kolkata. Neo JMB is an ISIS affiliate which orchestrated the Holey Artisan Bakery attack in Dhaka.
Neo-JMB is a breakout faction of JMB, which is currently operating under the aegis of ISIS.
Two operatives identified as Md. Jiaur Rahman and Mamonur Rashid, both Bangladeshi nationals were arrested from the vicinity of Sealdah Railway Station’s parking lot in Kolkata. A mobile phone containing photos, videos, jihadi text, and literature were found on them.
Two other operatives identified as Md. Sahin Alam and Robiul Islam were arrested from Howrah Station. While Alam is a Bangladeshi national, Islam is an Indian national and lived in West Bengal’s Birbhum district. The arrested Indian national was also a member of the banned terrorist organisation and was helping them by harbouring as well as recruiting and collecting fund from India.
The three arrested Bangladeshi nationals had taken shelter in India to escape arrest in Bangladesh and were further involved in recruitment under the Islamic State banner and collected funds for organisation too.
All four were active in social media propagating their agenda and a lot of digital documents, videos and audio files along with Jihadi booklets were recovered from possession.The main motive of their organisation was to overthrow democratic governments in India and Bangladesh and establish Sharia law under a Caliphate.
All the of the four operatives are to be produced before court today.