Vol. 5 Num 1007 Sat. March 31, 2007  
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2 Bangla Bhai aides held in Bagmara

Police arrested two aides of hanged JMB kingpin Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai from Bagmara upazila yesterday, reports our staff correspondent from Rajshahi.

They are Mobarak Ali, 40, of Goalkandi and Mohammad Ali, 42, of Konabaria in the upazila. With them, 20 associates of Bangla Bhai have been held in the recent crackdown.

They were arrested following a tip-off that militants were prowling around after the hanging of top JMB leaders, Officer-in-Charge of Bagmara Police Station Mirza Golam Sarwar said.

The two were also accused in three cases -- one for Mukul murder, one for attempt to murder Sripur union Chairman Makbul Hossain Mridha and the other for police assault in Bhawaniganj, he said.

Mobarak and Mohammad had been hiding since Bangla Bhai went underground from so-called Bagmara operations in 2004.

Gaibandha police arrested a JMB leader from village Dhanghara under Gaibandha Sadar upazila in the early hours of Thursday, reports our Gaibandha correspondent.

Police got information that Raju Sarder was involved in reorganising JMB activists.

He was a charge-sheeted accused in two cases -- one for four bomb blasts at an open stage drama at Takier Bazar under Palashbari upazila on December 20, 2004, and the other for two powerful bomb blasts at Mohimaganj Brac office in Gobindaganj upazila on February 10, 2005.

Eighteen people were injured in the two incidents.