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4 ‘Allahar Dal’ men arrested in city

Published : Tuesday, 20 August, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 712

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB-3) arrested four suspected members of a militant group named 'Allahar Dal' from
Hatirjheel in the city Sunday night. The arrested are Ibrahim Ahmed Hero, 64 and Md Shafiqul Islam Suruj, 38 of Pabna, Abdul Aziz, 50 of Gaibandha and Md Rashidul Islam, 28 of Kurigram.
On secret information, the elite force members arrested the four in a drive around 11:30pm, said a press release.
RAB said the militant group Allahar Dal was first established in 1995 under the leadership of militants Mehedi, Muminul Islam, Matin Mahbub, Mehedi Hasan and Motinul Haque.
After interrogating them, RAB came to know that they used to maintain communication and recruit members using social media platforms.
Banned Islamist outfit Allahar Dal is actively working on recruiting those who had been sacked over the Pilkhana massacre.
The organisation is also seeking to hire retired personnel from armed forces or sacked members of various organisations online as well as at rural levels.
Rapid Action Battalion Legal and Media Wing Director Lt Col Emranul Hasan disclosed the information at a media briefing held at Karwan Bazar in the capital on Monday According to RAB, Allahar Dal is trying to recruit retired or sacked members of various armed forces to avoid the need for arms training.
The outfit was established in 1995 at the leadership of Motin Mehedi who has many other aliases and helped JMB execute the Series Bomb Blasts in 2004.
Motin Mehedi parted from JMB when JMB began to lose its organisational strength due to the crackdown of the law enforcement agencies on militant units but the outfit began regrouping after Mehedi was arrested in 2007.
The outfit currently operates through an organogram similar to that of the country's administration or hierarchy followed by armed forces. It is actively involved in recruiting members online and at the grassroots levels.
The suspects had also revealed that it had been planning to steal its leader Mehedi Motin from the law enforcement agencies when he would be taken to court in a prison van, Emranul said.



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