Vol. 5 Num 558 Wed. December 21, 2005  

Manhunt Since Aug 17 Blasts in Tangail
21 out of 29 chargesheeted militants still evade arrest

Tangail police are yet to nab 21 out of 29 chargesheeted JMB cadres including its 'district commander' Abdullah Taslim and nine other front ranking leaders .

All of them were chargesheeted in cases filed with different police stations in connection with the August 17 blasts in Tangail, Mymensingh and Netrakona districts.

The JMB (Jama'atul Mujahideen, Bangladesh) activists in Tangail were recruited by Abdullah Taslim and their activities will be made public when he is arrested, intelligence sources said.

"We have launched a manhunt for Taslim but are yet to trace his hideout. We found his mobile telephone number, which is locked since August 17", a senior intelligence official said while talking to the Daily Star yesterday.

The other JMB leaders yet to be arrested include, Shoeb, Younis, Khaled Siddiky, Russel, Arman-bin-Azad, Mizan, Ahad, Tareq and Sumon".

Younis of Habla Dakkhin Para village in Basail upazila in the district, one of the 'top ten' JMB leaders in Tangail and a chargesheetd accused in the August 17 blasts in Mymensingh and Netrokona. He is also the main accused in Joypurhat arms looting case in 2003, police sources said.

Police arrested Younis' father Idris Miah and brother Yaqube Miah recently. They confessed to their involvement with JMB.

Enayet Ullah alias Jewel of Barshapara village in Kotalipara

upazila in Gopalganj district, is another JMB kingpin who recruited youths in Kalihati and gave them arms training at the rented house of his brother-in-law Shoeb, another JMB leader. Kalihati upazila is inhabited by a large number of Ahle Hadith community members.

Police raided the house at Betdoba in Kalihati upazila Sadar on September 1 and recovered a huge quantity of bomb making materials including gunpowder and electric wire and a live bomb.

Habibullah, sub-inspector (SI) at Kalihati police station, submitted a charge sheet accusing six persons including Enayet Ullah and Shoeb on October 29.

The two were also chargesheeted along with 15 others in the August 17 blast case. Khoda Newaz, sub-inspector (SI) of Tangail Sadar thana submitted the charge sheet to a Tangail court on October 19.

This correspondent visited Balla area on Monday and talked to some local people. They said Shoeb and his family is absconding since August 17.

Police have submitted charge sheets in all the four cases filed with different police stations in Tangail, accusing 29 militants including JMB and JMJB chiefs in connection with August 17 serial bomb blasts incidents in the district.

Among the charge sheet 29 militants, only eight are now in Tangail District Jail.

Of the eight, police arrested five militants and the rest three surrendered before a Magistrate Court in Tangail.