Vol. 5 Num 557 Tue. December 20, 2005  

Sunny trained Shibir men at IU to make bombs
Intelligence officials visit campus to know his past, sources say

Arrested JMB 'operations commander' Ataur Rahman Sunny was involved in militant activities while he was a student at Kushtia Islamic University, different sources on the campus have revealed.

Sunny was admitted to Daw'ah and Islamic Studies department in 1998-99 session. But he could not continue studies as he was involved with JMB (Jama'atul Mujahuideen, Bangladesh) and Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS), student wing of Jamaate-e-Islami.

Sources said the then ICS leaders at IU were aware that Sunny was the brother of JMB chief Shaikh Abdur Rahman and that he had training in use of arms and bomb making.

ICS engaged Sunny to train some of its activists in bomb making, the sources said.

Taking the opportunity, Sunny expanded JMB activities in Islamic University and adjoining areas through ICS. He trained many ICS activists at the University on bomb making and Marshal Art. Some sources claimed that he trained at least 500 ICS activists.

Though a student of the university, he usually stayed at Jhenidah town. He often visited an IU dormitory. He used a structure on the western side of the campus to train ICS activists. Training sessions were held at night, sources said.

Sunny left the university in 2001 without completing studies and did not return.

According to different sources in and around IU, Sunny was a good organiser. He often visited different areas in Kushtia and adjacent district including Meherpur and Chuadanga. He also traveled to different upazilas in Kushtia and Jhenidah to recruit youths for JMB.

Intelligence officials are now visiting the IU campus to collect Sunny's background.

Sunny also trained JMB activists in different areas in Kushtia and Jhenidah. Some sources also claimed that a teacher of IU is still the 'central training affairs secretary of JMB'.

Some high officials of intelligence department in Kushtia and Jhenidah seeking anonymity said they are watching activities of 'some teachers of IU who were once involved with JMB'.

Ataur Rahman Sunny was arrested from a hideout in Dhaka on December 14.

Mentionably, Rab (rapid Action Battalion) so far arrested three JMB activists --Shamsul Haq, Akbar and Manik for their involvement in the August 17 bomb blasts in Kushtia. All the three hail from Daulatpur upazila in the district.

Shamsul was caught by people when he was fleeing after exploding bombs on Kushtia court premises on August 17. He named nine JMB activists who were involved in the blasts. The rest are yet to be arrested.

JMB 'operations commander' Ataur Rahman Sunny now in custody in Dhaka. He was arrested from a hideout in the capital on December 14. PHOTO: Star File Photo