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BGB busts RSO meeting, AL MP flees

  • Published at 07:51 pm July 30th, 2016
  • Last updated at 06:44 am July 31st, 2016
BGB busts RSO meeting, AL MP flees
BGB members on Saturday afternoon arrested four people including a former commander of Rohingya Solidarity Organisation (RSO) and a Saudi national while holding a secret meeting in Teknaf. Awami League lawmaker from Cox’s Bazar 4 constituency Abdur Rahman Bodi, Teknaf Upazila Chairman Jafar Ahmed, Vice-Chairman Maulana Rafique Uddin and Baharchhara Union Chairman Aziz Uddin also attended the meeting held at the house of Maulana Syed Karim in Shamlapur area of Baharchhara. But they managed to flee the scene before we reached the house,” Teknaf 2 BGB Commander Lt Col Abuzar Al Jahid said. The four arrestees are former RSO commander Hafez Salaul Islam, a resident of Dakkhin Muhuri Para in Cox’s Bazar; Syed Karim; Saudi national Abu Saleh Al Gambi; and Maulana Md Ibrahim of Dhaka. The three others present at the meeting fled the scene, said the battalion’s Deputy Commander Maj Abu Russel Siddique, who led the drive conducted by a special BGB team around 3:30pm. Police say militant Salaul was arrested several times in the past but managed to get bail. When contacted, Bodi claimed that he had not been present at the meeting, rather "I came later and assisted the BGB men in arresting the four." The four detainees were being questioned at the Teknaf BGB camp. The RSO is a Myanmar-based sectarian outfit, and has connection with several local militant groups including outlawed Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB). According to police and local sources, Salaul has close ties with the ruling party MPs from Cox’s Bazar and Teknaf, and several other leaders of the BNP and its ally Islami Oikyo Jote. He recently set up an Islamic centre at Dakkhin Muhuri Para allegedly by grabbing seven acre land of the Forest Department and three acres from the locals. The activities of RSO are operated from this centre, say sources. On the other hand, lawmaker Bodi has long been accused of patronising illegal Rohingya immigrants in his area. Recent RSO arrests Detectives in November 2014 arrested five militants – RSO leaders Salamatullah and Shafiullah,  the later an Awami League leader in Bandarban; Mohammad Alam, a Pakistani national who is also the vice-president of Global Rohingya Centre (GRC); Saudi Arabia-returned Abdul Majid; and teacher at a Hefazat-e-Islam madrasa Mohammad Amin – from a Chittagong hotel while distributing funds. Several CMP officials then said that the Bangladesh wing of RSO had been split over share of foreign funds. Before the arrest, the militants were distributing funds among them for donations to mosques, madrasas and providing other facilities for the Rohingyas in Myanmar and Bangladesh. The officials suspect that RSO is working closely with the local militant groups – JMB, Ansarullah Bangla Team, HujiB and Hizb ut-Tahrir – to materialise their goal of establishing Islamic rule in the country incorporating parts of Myanmar and India. In December the same year, police arrested Rohingya militants Nur Hossain aka Rafikul Islam, Yasir Arafat and Omar Karim from Dhaka’s Lalbagh with five detonators, two gel explosives and several bomb-making ingredients in their possessions. Police said they had connection with the JMB. The law enforcers also found the involvement of RSO men in the 2012 communal attack on Buddhist temples and houses in Ramu of Cox’s Bazar. MP Bodi again Influential Awami League lawmaker Bodi earlier topped several lists prepared by the police and an intelligence agency of players behind three top criminal activities in Teknaf – human trafficking, yaba smuggling and illegally naturalising Rohingya immigrants, as well as illegal hundi business. He was listed along with 26 of his relatives. The home minister in September last year, however, claimed that they had not found the involvement of the MP in drug smuggling. Bodi was sued by the Anti-Corruption Commission in 2014 for gaining wealth beyond known sources of income. He is currently on bail in the case. He had at least 23 cases filed against him at different times. All the charges against him, except for in two-three cases, were withdrawn by the Home Ministry’s committee that dealt with “politically motivated cases.” Bodi joined politics in 1996 and tried to buy a ticket of the BNP for the controversial February 15 election. Failing to get one, he fought as an independent candidate but lost. He finally got nomination from the BNP for the June 12 election the same year but this time his nomination paper was cancelled. Soon he joined the Awami League. In 2000 when the BNP-Jamaat government was in power, he was selected an administrator of Teknaf municipality. But he was removed for engaging in conflict with a top Jamaat-e-Islami leader of the area. In 2003, he was elected the chairman of the municipality. He became a member of parliament for the first time in 2008 with Awami League ticket and then in the January 5 election in 2014.
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