>TUESDAY’S busting of two JMB operatives with grenades and bomb in Comilla is another blow at the law enforcers who had a feeling that the militant outfit would not be able soon to organise again after the execution of their key leaders. (Full Report)
To their utter dismay, the law enforcers came to know how the operatives of Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh were organising again under the leadership of Maulana Saidur Rahman, the outfit’s new ameer after Abdur Rahman’s execution in March last year.
The recovery of grenades and bomb and arrest of Aiyub Ansari alias Masud and Abdul Alim alias Nayeem was the outcome of an intelligence move based on information disclosed by recently arrested JMB operatives Mohammad Hanif and Rafiqul Islam, officials of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) said.
Investigators also came to know from other JMB operatives arrested at different times that Saidur is hiding somewhere in the country and leading the regrouping move as the outfit’s chief.
Intelligence officials have learnt that Saidur is a former ameer of Habiganj district unit of Jamaat-e-Islami. His son AHM Shamim, chief of JMB’s IT unit, was arrested on September 7, 2005 during the crackdown on JMB and is now in jail.
“After Abdur Rahman’s arrest in Sylhet in March 2006 we came to know that Saidur Rahman helped the JMB chief a lot when he was hiding in the north-eastern district. But we did not know then that Saidur was going to be the next chief of the militant organisation,” Col Gulzar Uddin Ahmed, additional director general of Rab, told The Daily Star yesterday.