Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Director General (DG) Mokhlesur Rahman on Wednesday said the present government is committed to combating militancy and rooting out terrorism form the country.
Reacting to the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) released by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), which said Bangladesh was among 13 countries which are at high risk of being hit by terrorism, Mokhlesur said terror would never have an easy run in Bangladesh.
The GTI report said there are three significant factors associated with terrorism: state sponsored violence, group grievances and high levels of criminality, according to the report.
Mokhlesur told The Daily Observer on Wednesday that RAB during their drives against militants, so far, have arrested over 1500 JMB militants, including many of their kingpins.
Six kingpins of the JMB were executed including Shaikh Abdur Rahman, Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai, Abdul Auwal, Ataur Rahman Sunny, Khalid Saifullah and Iftekhar Hussain Al Mamun, in March, 2007. Some JMB top bosses are behind-bars, 10 of them are awaiting execution.
Mokhlesur said some JMB operatives had communicated with the Islamic State (IS) leaders and were planning to go to Iraq and Syria to fight alongside IS men. "Like Ansarullah Bangladesh Team, a radical Islamist outfit that nurtures al-Qaeda's ideology, the JMB also formed an assassination squad," he said.
RAB was concerned about Burdwan blast in West Bengal of India. Two suspected militants died in a bomb blast on October 2 at a house in Burdwan. The RAB DG suspected that militant organization Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen has been reorganised under the banner of other militant groups in the neighbouring country,
A four member National Investigation Agency (NIA) delegation visited Bangladesh and they assured that Bangladesh and India will work together to root out militants in both countries.
RAB members were never involved with extra-judicial killing in the country, DG RAB said. Mokhlesur Rahman also said, "RAB never supports extrajudicial killings."
Earlier, law enforcers identified 8,096 JMB members, of whom, 2,000 were allegedly part of the group's suicide squad. Different law enforcing agencies, including the elite RAB and DB, have arrested over 1,500 JMB members, since the 2005 blasts.
The Awami League government has adopted a zero-tolerance policy towards terrorism. The government has enacted the Anti-Terrorism Act 2012, and has, so far, proscribed five terrorist outfits.
JMB, Hizb-ut-Tahrir(HT), Harkat-ul-Jihad, Bangladesh (HUJI-B), Jagrata Muslim Janata, Bangladesh (JMJB), and Shahadat-e-al-Hikma. But, among these banned outfits, the JMB still continues to maintain its organisational activities, source added.