March 24, 2015
Staff Correspondent, Ctg
Detained JMB leader Ershad Hossain with bomb-making materials and jihadi books recovered from a house in New Monsurabad Baganbari residential area of Chittagong. Photo: Anurup Kanti Das
Police arrested a leader of banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) with explosives and grenade-making materials in Chittagong city yesterday.
The arrestee, Ershad Hossain Mamun, is a regional commander of JMB's Chittagong district unit.
At Akbar Shah Police Station, he confessed before the media that many activists were running the outfit's activities under the guise of hawkers.
Some of them are also involved in cosmetics, stationery and food businesses in the city, he said.
Acting on a tip-off, a team of police conducted a drive in Baganbari area around 7:30am and arrested Ershad from a rented house.
Grenade-making materials, a detonator, 200gm gunpowder, 250gm potassium, three crude bombs, electronic cables and Jihadi books were recovered from the house, said OC Sajib Kumar Das.
Talking before the media, Ershad, son of Riyajul Islam of Birol in Dinajpur, said he had been an active member of Shibir since his school life.
In January 2014, Ershad came to Chittagong taking the responsibility of a JMB organiser. He also took a job at a stationary shop in Colonel Hat area.
Many members of the outfit took training in Pakistan, Ershad told the newsmen.
After his arrest, senior officials of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP), including Commissioner Abdul Jalil Mandal, interrogated Ershad for about three hours.
The JMB leader confessed that the outfit had connections with Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (Huji), Jamaat-e-Islami and other militant groups in the country and abroad, police sources said.
Nowadays militant groups are working collectively with an aim to attack the members of law enforcement agencies, said the CMP commissioner.
He added their drive to nab the militants would continue.