Bangladesh student activist in Meghalaya police net

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Shillong, Oct 15 (UNI) Meghalaya police is trying to uncover the possible links of an arrested Bangladesh Islami Chhatra Shibir (BICS) activist with the outlawed Student's Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and other Muslim fundamentalist groups in the country, police said today.

Md Habibur Rohman, a senior member of BICS, the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh, was arrested on October 3 after he sneaked inside Bholaganj village in Meghalaya from Bangladesh's Sunamganj district.

The arrest of Rohman assumed significance in the backdrop of recent strings of blasts in various parts of the country, including the northeastern region.

Sleuths of central intelligence agencies, including the state and Assam police are interrogating Rohman, who claimed to have strayed inside Bholaganj accidentally.

''We are still interrogating him to find out why and how he sneaked inside India,'' Inspector General of Police S B Singh told UNI here.

Intelligence officials interrogating Rohman, said they were trying to unearth to find out whether arrested Bangladesh national is a member of the outlawed Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).

JMB is one of several extremist and terrorist organizations in Bangladesh waging a fratricidal war against the young nation-state with the aim of establishing an Islamic state.

BICS is also part of a larger network Islamist extremist network of JMB and Harkat-ul-Jihad-al Islami Bangladesh (HuJI-B).

Defence analysts said the BICS maintains close-link with various Islamist fundamentalist and extremist organisations of different countries.

BICS was formed with an aim at creating an Afghanistan-Taliban type Islamist regime in Bangladesh. The influential student has large base in Universities of Dhaka, Rajshahi, Jahangirnagar and Chittagong.

Recently, Additional Director of Intelligence Bureau Ajit Lal claimed that the Islamic terror groups in Bangladesh were making a stage point to crossover to the North East for unleashing terror.

The North East Students Organisation (NESO) frontline leaders recently expressed their concern at the ISI-Al-Qaeda sponsored fundamentalist organisations becoming stronger and active in the north-east from their more than 14 branches.


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