The elite force seized a large number of books on extremism
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested 7 suspected members of banned militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) from Narayanganj, and Pabna on Sunday.
In Narayanganj, RAB 11 arrested two suspected activists of ABT when they were holding a secret meeting at a madrasa under Fatullah police station in the early hours.
The arrested are Md Mehedi Hossain, alias Murad, 24, and Md Amanullah, 33, confirmed RAB 11 Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Md Alep Uddin.
Mehedi told RAB that he completed his Bachelor of Science degree from a private textile university in Dhaka in 2016, he joined JMB in 2014. He was reaching out across the country to gather recruits up until now. Md Amanullah was a madrasa teacher in Narayanganj who joined ABT through Mehedi. Amanullah secretly held meetings of the JMB members in his madrasa.
The RAB seized a large number of books, and a laptop containing digital data on extremism from their possession.
In Pabna, RAB 14 arrested five suspected activists of ABT from Bera, and Santhia upazila.
The arrested from Bera upazila are: Md Abdullah, 21, and Abul Kalam Azad, 27, of Shambhupur village; Md Wazed Ali, 30, of Hatiagara village, and Mizanur Rahman Mizan, 23, of Chhoto Paina village.
Another arrested Ruhul Amin, 23, hails from Rangamatia village in Santhia upazila.
Bera police station OC Sheikh Mahmud said: “RAB handed over the suspected ABT members to us this evening (Sunday). Books on extremism was found in their possession.”