The police said that the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) terrorists arrested in Kolkata have to install a terrorist module in West Bengal and may have links with Al-Qaida and Islamic Jihad (HuJI). A senior official of the Kolkata Police Task Force (STF) said on Tuesday that they were suspected of having an accomplice in parts of the state.
“The first interrogation revealed that JMB agents were trying to build modules in West Bengal. These terrorists may be linked to the terrorist organizations Al-Qaeda and Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami (HuJI). The seized documents prove this,” the official said.
On Sunday, STF arrested the JMB terrorists Najiur Rahman, Rabiul Islam and Sabir from the Haridevpur district in southern Kolkata. They are citizens of Bangladesh who used forged documents to rent houses.
Their linkman, identified as Salim Munshi, had used the card of an unsuspecting old man to arrange a fake identity card for Najiur, the officer said. Najiur became Jayram Byapari with the old man as his father through a forged ID.
“Munshi borrowed a card from an old man on the excuse that his brother is from Bangladesh and wishes a document to get a rickshaw license,” the official said.
A few months ago, three terrorists came to Kolkata from Bangladesh and lived in a middle-class community. Various documents were seized from him, including jihadi materials, lists of key JMB leaders and their associates in other terrorist organizations.
In recent years, several JMB agents including Indians have been arrested in West Bengal.
The National Investigation Agency stated that in 2019, JMB carried out a terrorist attack on a popular cafe in Dhaka in 2016, killing 22 people (including 17 foreigners) and is trying to spread its tentacles in India