Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has revealed that Md Mizanur Rahman, a notorious militant and a member of the banned militant outfit JMB (Sarwar Group), married a Rohingya woman to spread militancy among the displaced Myanmar nationals staying in Bangladesh.
RAB 11 Senior Assistant Director Shakil Ahmed disclosed the information to media, adding that Md Mizanur Rahman , alias Abdullah al Mizan, has been serving as the ameer of JMB in the Savar area since the arrest of Jasimuddin Rahmani-- another militant leader.
Mizan, 37, and his cohort Ibrahim Khalil, 30, were detained from the Sayedabad bus stand area of Dhaka last Tuesday night.
Both of them are suspects in an anti-terrorism case filed with Bondor Police Station in Narayanganj district on August 22 this year.
“Mizan planned to spread the militant ideology he follows among the displaced Rohingya that entered Bangladesh from Myanmar to escape the recent unrest. He plotted to create a bastion for the JMB in the Kutupalong area of Teknaf, just as he did in Savar,” said the RAB senior assistant director.
“To put his plan into motion, Mizan married a Rohingya woman. However, law enforcers are yet to track her down,” he added.
Meanwhile, RAB officials have confirmed that Mizan had visited the Kutupalong area on several occasions. There is evidence that he visited the region before and after the renewed refugee influx that began in late August this year.
Mizan was not indoctrinated by a militant leader, instead being influenced by books promoting militancy.
He was initially swayed toward militant ideology after reading a book written by Abdur Rauf in 2009. Mizan’s inception into the seedy world of terrorism was also helped by militant leader Jasimuddin, whom he met during his frequent visits to Hatem Bagh Mosque in Dhanmondi the same year.
Following the arrest of Rahmani in 2013, Mizan took over as the leader of JMB's Savar unit and continued to run the terror outfit.
In 2014, Mizan founded a madrasa in Savar and ran it himself. According to RAB, Mizan has recruited more than 60 people into the terror group.
He passed Dakhil from a madrasa in Savar in 2003, and passed HSC in 2012 from a college in Dhaka. Mizan was also a teacher at the Savar branch of Ideal School.
Ibrahim, who was detained along with Mizan, had been serving as the imam at a mosque in Savar since 2016.
RAB sources confirmed that Mizan met Ibrahim in 2010, and introduced him to Jasimuddin Rahmani the same year.
Inbrahim joined JMB in 2011 and started recruiting for the terror group in the Savar area. He later joined the Sarwar faction of JMB in 2015.
Alongside his profession as an imam, Ibrahim conducted recruitment drives in several districts, including Faridpur and Cox’s Bazar.
Ibrahim was one of Mizan's top seven confidants in the Savar unit of JMB.
This article was first published on Bangla Tribune