Vol. 5 Num 607 Sun. February 12, 2006  

9 JMB leaders in Nilphamari remanded

Nine top leaders of banned Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahidin Bangladesh (JMB) were placed on a seven-day remand Thursday in Nilphamari for interrogation in connection with the arms and explosives recovery case, police and (Rapid Action Battalion) Rab sources said.

Rab arrested the JMB leaders during its eight-hour drive from 9 pm on Monday to 5 am on Tuesday at different places in Saidpur, Bogra and Nilphamari district.

JMB's Rangpur 'Divisional Commander' Abdur Rashid Asif, 22, was arrested from Bogra, Nilpahmari 'District Commander' Wahidul Islam Syem, 24, from Thakurgaon, former 'commander' of Nilphamari and Rangpur districts Mahfuzur Rahman Ibrahim, 26, form Rangpur, Rangpur 'District Commander' Moniruzzaman Iqbal, 25, from Thakurgaon, Kurigram 'District Commander' Abu Bakkar Siddique Nahid, 22, from Dinajpur, Ehsar (member) Ehsanul Haque Mezbah, 18, from Dinajpur, Ehsar member Rabiul Islam alias Kamal Hossain, 17, from Nilphamari, Rangpur 'Sadar Upazila Commander' Shahbuddin Ahmed Musa, 19, from Lalmonirhat and 'Commander' of Birampur organisational district in Dinajpur Faruk Hossain Amjad, 32, from Nilphamari.

Following the confessional statements of the JMB leaders, Rab raided several places in Saidpur and recovered huge quantities of arms, ammunition and explosives.

Rab filed cases agaisnt them with Saidpur thana and handed them over to police with seized materials on Tuesday.

Rab will interrogate them in Dhaka, official sources said.