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Police Intelligence Reveals
Ansarullah BT deeply rooted in Al-Qaeda ideology
Mamunur Rashid
Publish Date : 2014-11-07,  Publish Time : 00:00,  View Count : 14
Ansarullah Bangla Team, an emerging extremist group breeding alongside at least half a dozen other militant groups operating in Bangladesh, has been propagating Al-Qaeda ideology and is blessed by the world's most dreaded
militancy founded by deceased Osama Bin laden, intelligence
officials said.
They said Mufti Jasim Uddin Rahmani, head of Ansarullah BT, was an ardent believer in Ahala Hadit's ideology. He was arrested in Bagruna with his 30 associates on August 11, 2013.
According to law enforcing agencies, Ansarullah BT was formed with the ideological
module of an Islamist terrorist organization like Al-Qaeda. 
Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) arrested on Wednesday night the media wing chief of Ansarullah BT from  Kalyanpur area of Dhaka. The arrestee was identified as Morshed Alam alias Masum alias tractor, Masudur Rahman, Deputy Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Media Wing, told The Daily Observer
Masum has at least 100 accounts in Facebook to make publicity for Ansarullah Bangla Team, the DMP official said. A Dhaka court on Thursday put the arrested leader of Ansarullah BT, Morshed Alam alias Masum, on a five-day remand. Earlier, Detective Branch (DB) of Police inspector Nibaran Chandra Burman produced Morshed before the court with 10 days' remand prayer.
The Team members have been trained by expert militants including two Pakistani members of Al-Quada who visited Bangladesh last years to give them training
DB police found transactions of large amount of money through different bank accounts of Mufti Jasim Uddin Rahmani, chief of Ansarullah BT. He also invested Tk 6 crore and 38 lakhs in the share market.  Ansarullah BT made its presence felt in Bangladesh by ruthlessly assassinating Ahmed Razib Hyder, a pro- Shahbag (Ganajagoron Mancho) activist, on February 15, 2013.
Salman Yaseer Mahmud who masterminded the murder of Ahmed Razib Hyder was earlier an activist of Jamaat's student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir.
The existence of Ansarullah BT came to light in March last year during interrogation of five
students of a North South University (NSU) in Dhaka.  They were arrested in connection with murder of Ahmed Razib Hyder.
Police got the first clue about Ansarullah BT's existence in Bangladesh from 'Ansar al Mujahideen', an Al-Qaeda affiliated website which posted news of the arrest of students with the headline 'five lions of Ummah'.
Further probe into the website gave clues about another website, '' launched last year in Pakistan. This website reveals that Ansarullah BT was founded at NSU in Dhaka and it was modelled on Iraqi Al-Qaeda group Ansar-ul-Islam. It mostly targeted students from English medium colleges and universities for recruitment.
This militant organization geared up its campaign for armed jihad in Bangladesh recently in its website and those who carried out murderous assault on Ahmed Razib Hyder were deeply motivated by the sermon by its spiritual leader and radical Islamist Mufti Jasim Uddin
Mufti Jasim Uddin a follower of Anwar al-Awlaki, a Yemeni spiritual leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arab peninsula who was killed in a US Drone attack in 2011, has been carrying out his activities in Bangladesh with impunity for the last couple of years.
Mufti Jasim Uddin's enormous capacity to motivate youngsters to plunge headlong into jihad can be envisaged from the fact that those indoctrinated by him include Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, a 22 year old Bangladeshi recently jailed for 30 years in the US for plotting to bomb US Federal Reserve Bank in New York last year.
Militants belonging to pro-Al-Qaeda groups such as the outlawed Jamiatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and Harkat-ul-jihad-al-Islami (HUJI) are now operating under different banners and many of them have joined Ansarullah BT.  Ansarullah BT's headquarters in Dhaka, Markajul Ulum Islamia, has become a rallying point for all Islamist militants. Mufti Jasim Uddin  has more than 5000 militant followers who believe in armed jihad.
Later, an investigation found proof of Mufti Jasimuddin's involvement in the killing of blogger Rajib Haidar and doing illegal militant activities in the name religion, a DB official said.
Police ran a financial investigation with the help of Bangladesh Bank. Analysing the data of some bank accounts and financial institutions, DB found transactions of large amount of money using some bank accounts of Jasim Uddin.
DMP Joint Commissioner Monirul Islam termed such large transaction through an Imam's bank account as unusual and suspicious.

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