In face of law enforcers’ drive, the militant leaders before going into hideout, instructed their wives to act in this way. They advised their wives to marry any member of the group without judging qualification, said sources from law enforcing agencies after interrogating a number of female militants detained recently.
A high official of Police’s Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) Unit, yesterday confirmed the news to Dhaka Tribune.
He said they were instructed by their husbands to teach proper militant lessons to their children while growing up and also to increase female members of the group.
Meanwhile, three female militants – Afrin alias Priyoti, 25, Adedatul Fatema alias Khadiza, 35, and Shaila Afrin, 23 – who were arrested from a den of Azimpur of Dhaka on September 10, gave confessional statement in the court yesterday.
In their statements, the female members said that they got involved in militant activities through their husbands. Getting instruction from husbands, they left their home and took shelter in the Azimpur den.
Monirul Islam, chief of CTTC unit, said, “Females get involved in militancy holding hand of their husbands who instruct their wives to teach militancy to their children.
“We have got some sensational information after interrogating three arrested female militants, but we did not find any evidence regarding their direct involvement in any operational activities,” he said.
An official involved in militancy investigation, requesting anonymity, told the Dhaka Tribune that involvement of women in militancy activities is not a new. Recently, it has been known that the new JMB is trying to follow strategies of the Islamic State and being inspired by IS, the local militants also are trying to keep women as ‘sex partner’.
“For this reason, the militant leaders also brought women in their group from different social communication sites. We have succeeded making a big crack in the recruitment system of New JMB,” the official also said.
Sources in CTTC unit said the three detained females of Azimpur den told the law enforcers that Major (retd) Jahidul Islam’s wife Jebunnesa Shila was also staying with them at the Azimpur den, but she left away before the law enforcers’ drive.
Ahsanul Haque, Assistant Commissioner of CTTC unit, yesterday told the Dhaka Tribune: “All the three females have confessed to court that they were involved in militancy. But, they have now realised that this is not a good path and they are sorry for it.”
Regarding female militancy, a high official of Rapid Action Battalion, requesting anonymity, said on September 6, militant members Marjia Akther alias Shumi, her husband Shariful Islam, Nahida Sultana and her husband Aminul Islam were arrested from Farmgate and Naraynaganj.
“Some information has been found after interrogating the detainees. We are now checking the authenticity of their information,” said the RAB official.
“It was learnt during interrogation from Marjia that she got involved in militancy from Facebook first, later she used to operate JMB “Thrima” and “telegram” mobile applications. She was shown different war videos of Middle East, pictures of some injured child and women and were given some information regarding Jihad,” he also said.
“Marjia said in interrogation that watching the videos and pictures, she left her home on August 20 for Jihad and married Shariful in Signboard area of Gazipur as per organisational decision,” he added.