Law enforcers unearthed a training camp, run by Jamaat-Shibir, in Mazampur area of the town yesterday and arrested nine Shibir activists along with bombs, bomb- making materials, gun powder, books on jihad, leaflets, posters, barbed wire and CDs from there.
The arrestees are Abdul Kuddus, 22, Sajid Hossain, 23, Sohag Hasan, 21, Robiul Islam, 25, Abdul Alim, 22, Ashiqur Rahman, 27, Ishaq Ali, 23, Ashraful Islam, 28 and Saifullah, 30.
Acting on a tip-off, police and detectives led by Additional Police Superintendent joynul Abedin raided a three-storey building of advocate Sa'ad Ahmed at around 12:30pm and arrested the nine.
The law enforcers seized five bombs, bomb-making materials, eight detonators, 13 test tubes, 12 batteries, one kg gun powder, barbed wire, 70 books on jihad, 600 posters, 1300 leaflets and 15 CDs from the first floor of the building.
Advocate Sa'ad Ahmed, a collaborator of Pakistani occupation forces, was arrested in 1972. He was sentenced to two years' imprisonment and later released from jail under general amnesty declared by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The house was built in 1998 and since then Jamaat-Shibir men had been using its ground and first floors as their training camp, Additional SP Joynul said.
Asharful Islam, one of the arrestees, told newsmen that the house was being used as meeting place and training centre of their party men.
Law enforcers were interrogating the arrestees at Sadar Police Station as of filing of this report at 4:00pm yesterday. They will produce the Shibir men in a court here today.