Vol. 5 Num 557 Tue. December 20, 2005  
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Govt announces fresh bounty on JMB top brass

As part of an intensified bid to capture the top brass of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), the government yesterday announced fresh bounty on them.

State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar has meanwhile expressed the hope the alliance government will resolve the militancy issue within its tenure.

The fresh bounties range from Tk 1 lakh to Tk 10 lakh, depending on the status of the capture, said a news release of the Press Institute Department.

Anyone will get Tk 10 lakh if they hold any of the seven-member Majlish-e-Sura, top tier of JMB, or provide information leading to their capture.

For each suicide squad member, the government has announced a bounty of Tk 2 lakh and for each ehsar Tk 1 lakh.

The announcement came two months into the declaration of two big stakes on the heads of JMB chief Abdur Rahman and his aide Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai, operations commander of Jagrata Muslim Janata, Bangladesh.

The bounty of Tk 50 lakh on each of them declared on October 28 remains in force, the press release added.

The state minister for home affairs yesterday said he expects solution to the militancy issue during the incumbent government's tenure.

Referring to achievements made by the law enforcers in combating militants, Babar said the Islamist militants will be defeated in time.

"I hope militancy will be routed within our tenure," he said after a meeting with leaders of the Christian community at his ministry.

He said this in the wake of the law enforcers' success in capturing some of the top JMB leaders including members the Majlish-e-Sura and a number of suicide bombers, busting their dens and recovering huge explosives.