Police said the three New Mujahideen (JMB) terrorists arrested in Kolkata are establishing a terrorist organization in West Bengal and may have links to Al-Qaida and Islamic Jihad (HuJI). A senior official with the Kolkata Police Task Force (STF) said Tuesday they suspected they had associates in some areas of the state.
“Preliminary interrogations revealed that JMB agents attempted to build modules in West Bengal. These terrorists may have links to the terrorist organizations Al Qaeda and Islamic Jihad (HuJI). Seized documents indicate this,” the official said. STF arrested JMB officials Najiur Rahman, Rabiul Islam and Sabir in the Haridevpur district of southern Kolkata on Sunday. They are citizens of Bangladesh and rent houses with forged documents.
His correspondent was identified as Salim Munshi, and he used the ID of an unsuspecting old man to prepare a fake ID for Najiur, the official said. Nagil became Jeram Biapari in the fake ID and the old man was his father.
“Munshi borrowed an identification card from an elderly man on the pretext that his brother was from Bangladesh and needed a document to obtain a license to drive an autonomous rickshaw,” the official said. The three terrorists came to Kolkata from Bangladesh a few months ago and lived in a middle-class community.
Several documents were seized from him, including jihadist materials, a list 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.
NIA stated in 2019 that JMB carried out a terrorist attack on a popular cafe in Dhaka in 2016, killing 22 people, including 17 foreigners, and it is trying to spread its tentacles in India.