#BENGALI #al-Qaeda #hacked to #death #writer

http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2015/10/31/avijit-roys-publisher-dipan-hacked-to-death-at-shahbagh-hours-after-attack-on-another-publisher http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2015/10/31/aqis-claims-responsibility-for-attacks-on-bangladeshi-publishers-in-a-tweet-message Ansar+al+Islam The self-styled ‘Bangladeshi branch’ of militant group al-Qaeda in the Indian Sub-Continent (AQIS) has claimed credit for the killing of a publisher and attacking another in Dhaka. A Twitter account, purportedly handled by the militant group Ansar Al Islam, made the claim hours after the attacks on Saturday night. “We, al-Qaeda in the Indian Sub-Continent, claim responsibility for this operation,” a message posted on the account read. Machete-wielding assailants barged into the Suddhaswar publisher’s Lalmatia office and hacked Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury Tutul and two other writers. Another publisher, Faisal Arefin Dipan of ‘Jagriti Prokashony’, was found hacked to death at Shahbagh hours later. Both publishers published works of slain writer-blogger Avijit Roy, who was killed in a similar attack in February. Since then, three other secular bloggers have been killed. The tweet described the publishers as “apostates”, who frequently published books that “violated the honour of Prophet Muhammad”. It said the attacks were “vengeance in honour of the messenger of Allah and the religion of Islam”. Police’s Deputy Commissioner Muntasirul Islam told bdnews24.com that they were investigating the claim. “Our teams are working to ascertain credibility of the claim,” he said. “We are investigating who tweeted and from where.” Name of the militant group was previously used to claim credits for the killing of Roy and another secular writer Niladri Chatterjee Niloy in August. ——- A publisher of slain writer-blogger Avijit Roy has been hacked to death hours after another publisher of his books was attacked in Dhaka. Faisal Arefin Dipan, who ran ‘Jagriti Prokashony’, was hacked to death in his office on the second floor of Aziz Supermarket at Shahbagh on Saturday, blogger and online activist Mahmudul Haque Munshi told bdnews24.com. Dipan was attacked hours after another publisher Ahmedur Rashid Tutul was attacked with sharp weapons. He was declared dead by doctors after being taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), police said. Tutul is being treated at DMCH along with writer Ranadipam Basu and blogger Tarek Rahim, who were also injured in the attack. Tutul, who owns publishing house ‘Shuddhaswar’, was hacked up in his office at Lalmatia around 2:30pm along with blogger Rahim and writer Basu. Doctors said Tutul and Rahim were in critical condition. Later, DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia, quoting doctors, said all the three were out of danger. ‘Shuddhaswar’ had published a number of books written by Avijit Roy. Faisal Arefin Dipan was the only son of well-known writer and professor of Dhaka University’s Bengali department Abul Kashem Fazlul Haque. His ‘Jagriti Prokashony’ had published Avijit Roy’s popular title ‘Biswaser Virus’ (Virus of Faith).

#Myanmar #Bangladesh #steps #up #border #security ahead of elections

Myanmar steps up border security ahead of elections
Myanmar has stepped up border security along the Myanmar-Bangladesh border in an attempt to prevent possible violence during the election period, according to Maungdaw District police force.


A joint team comprising police and army personnel has begun conducting inspections and patrols in Maungdaw, Rakhine State.

“The November 8 election is drawing near. We are carrying out round-the-clock inspections and patrolling wards in Maungdaw, which shares a border with Bangladesh, in order to expose destructive acts, illegal arms possession and the narcotic drug trade. We are under the close supervision of the head of the district police force, and we are cooperating with the army,” said a police officer from Maungdaw.

Radio Free Asia (RFA) quoted an unnamed military officer as saying the army will deploy 12 battalions in Rakhine and Chin states, which border Bangladesh, during the upcoming elections.

On October 18, fights between an unnamed armed group and the Bangladesh army occurred near the Chittagong region, causing casualties. The Bangladesh army has sent troops to the Myanmar border, a Bangladeshi newspapers reported.

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#Arakan #Army #flashed #out #Bangladesh #BGB



Staff Reporter :The joint force of Bangladesh Army and Border Guard Bangladesh [BGB] flashed out the guerilla operatives of Arakan Army and forced them to cross the border by demolishing their base camps in the country’s southeastern hilly district of Bandarban on Wednesday.”The situation is under our control. The members of army along with BGB men have started a massive combing operating in the remote areas of Bandarban to catch the attackers,” Major General Aziz Ahmed, Director General of BGB, said yesterday evening after the operation. Official sources said the guerilla operatives of Arakan Army retreated through the narrow ways in the deep forest when the joint forces launched a full-scale military operation using heavy machine guns and high explosives under the cover of combat helicopters.Before the operation started, Bangladesh authorities informed the Myanmar government and its army to seal the border as none could cross the zero-line for shelter. At first, the members of Arakan Army tried to conduct counter attack defying the shelling of Bangladesh forces. But they started fleeing fighting an unequal fight for about five hours. The joint force operation was prompted after two members of BGB were injured following an ambush attack by separatist guerillas of Myanmar’s banned outfit Arakan Army near the international border at Barha Modak under Thanchi Upazila at around 9:30am yesterday.The attackers choose the time for ambush when a 10-member patrol team of BGB was crossing another 10-member patrol of the army in the area. The injured persons were identified as Sipahi Abdul Gani and Nayek Zakir Hossain of BGB. Both of them were sent to Combined Military Hospital in Chittagong. Sources said a fierce gun battle erupted between the two sides when BGB soldiers retaliated with heavy gunshots to come out from the ambush laid by the Arakan Army operatives in the remote hill. But several BGB men got trapped in the low land as the attackers continued shooting taking comparatively better position on the hilltop. Being informed, two military choppers, one MI-17 and another Bell, carrying additional troopers of BGB along with a commando unit of army under 24 Infantry Division rushed to the spot to backup the trapped BGB men. Later, an airforce F-7 fighter started roaming over the area to give support to joint forces. “The firing ensued when activists of the separatists outfit attacked a BGB patrol. The injured BGB men were rescued from the spot and additional BGB and army troops were sent by helicopter to conduct a coordinated operation against the terrorists,” BGB DG said.He said, “There was no BoP. Some members of the patrol team were in the boats when the shooting began. The BGB men anchored the boats to the river bank. Nayek Zakir received bullet injuries in his hand when he was trying to take cover.””All the border outposts [BoPs] of BGB and army camps in the district have been brought under special protective measures where additional troop have also been deployed. More troops will be sent to Thanchi border tomorrow [Thursday],” he said. Officials said the reason behind the gun attack might be linked with a BGB operation where they detained 14 foreign horses on Wednesday, which were imported by the Arakan Army for their use in transporting men and goods. The attack was conducted for taking revenge, they said.Meanwhile, vowing his government’s determination to eliminate the Arakan Army, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said, “We will conduct all sorts of operations, if needed, to curb down the activities of the Myanmar’s banned outfit. We will take stringent measures as they couldn’t get strength to occur such incident further in the future.”According to officials, the incident was occurred at such a remote place where there is no government establishment, except some houses of indigenous people, in around 439 kilometers. About 539 kilometers of bordering areas were unprotected since last year. The BGB, however, established its control in about 100 kilometers in the last one year. Recently, the BGB have conducted several operations against the Myanmar’s separatist outfits, including Arakan Army. In a such operation, the BGB sent back two abducted Myanmar army personnel after rescuing them from Bandarban. The Arakan Army is an Arakanese Buddhist rebel organization formed on 10 April, 2009. Their organization was fighting in the Kachin Conflict alongside the Kachin Independence Army against the Myanmar Armed Forces. The group to be based in the western Myanmar state of Arakan.Twan Mrat Naing is currently chief in command of Arakan Army. Nyo Twan Awng, the organization’s second in command, stated that the organization’s purpose is “to protect our Arakan people, and to establish peace and justice and freedom and development.”

!! #BGB #တပ္ဖြဲ႕၀င္ #တစ္ဦးအား ထိန္းသိမ္းထားရာမွ ျပန္လႊဲေျပာင္းေပးအပ္ခဲ့ ၂၅ ဇြန္ ၂၀၁၅

Western Gate Guard

ေမာင္ေတာၿမိဳ႕နယ္ ေရပိုင္နက္အတြင္းသို႕ မသကၤာဘြယ္ ၀င္ေရာက္လာခဲ့ေသာ BGB တပ္ဖြဲ႕၀င္ တစ္ဦးအား ထိန္းသိမ္းထားရာမွ ျပန္လႊဲေျပာင္းေပးအပ္ခဲ့
၂၅ ဇြန္ ၂၀၁၅
ေမာင္ေတာၿမိဳ႕နယ္၊ ေရတြင္းကၽြန္းေခ်ာင္း၀ ကင္းစခန္းအနီးသို႕ (၁၇.၆.၁၅)ရက္ေန႕တြင္ ဘဂၤလားေဒ့ရွ္ႏိုင္ငံမွ BGBတပ္ဖြဲ႕၀င္ အက်ီၤ၀တ္ဆင္ထားသူတစ္ဦး မသကၤာဖြယ္ ၀င္ေရာက္လာမႈအား ဖမ္းဆီးထိန္းသိမ္းထားခဲ့ရာ ယေန႕ တြင္ အဆိုပါ ထိန္းသိမ္းခံထားရသူ BGB တပ္ဖြဲ႕၀င္ တပ္ၾကပ္အဆင့္ရွိသူ Razzak အား ျပန္လည္ လႊဲေျပာင္းေပးအပ္ပြဲ အခမ္း အနားအား ေမာင္ေတာၿမိဳ႕၊ ေဒ၀ါနဒီခန္းမ ၌ ျမန္မာ-ဘဂၤလားေဒ့ရွ္ တပ္ရင္းမွဴးအဆင့္ ႏွစ္ႏိုင္ငံ အလံတင္အခမ္းအနားျပဳလုပ္ ၍ လႊဲအပ္ခဲ့ေၾကာင္းသိရွိရသည္။ ထိုလႊဲေျပာင္းပြဲ အခမ္းအနားအား ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံ ေမာင္ေတာၿမိဳ႕ နယ္ျခားေစာင့္ရဲတပ္ဖြဲ႕မွ တပ္ဖြဲ႕ခြဲမွဴး ဒုရဲမွဴးသီဟန္ အဖြဲ႕ႏွင့္ ဘဂၤလားေဒ့ရွ္ႏိုင္ငံ BGB တပ္ရင္းမွဴး ဒုတိယဗိုလ္မွဴးႀကီး အဘူဇာအယ္ဇာဟိအဖြဲ႕ တို႕မွ ေန႕လည္ (၂)နာရီ ခန္႕တြင္ ထိန္းသိမ္းခံထားရသူ BGB တပ္ဖြဲ႕၀င္ တပ္ၾကပ္ျဖစ္သူ Razzak အား ၄င္းကိုင္ေဆာင္သည့္ M-22 ေသနတ္ႏွင့္ က်န္အသံုးအေဆာင္ပစၥည္းမ်ားႏွင့္တကြ လႊဲေျပာင္းေပးအပ္ခဲ့ေၾကာင္း၊ ျဖစ္စဥ္အတြင္း ျမန္မာနယ္ျခားေစာင့္ရဲတပ္ဖြဲ႕မွ ဒဏ္ရာ ရရွိခဲ့သူ ရဲတပ္သား တင္ေအာင္ ေဆးကုသခံေနသည့္ ေမာင္ေတာၿမိဳ႕ ျပည္သူ႕ေဆးရံုအား သြားေရာက္ၾကည့္ရႈခဲ့ေၾကာင္း၊ ထို႕ေနာက္ ႏွစ္ႏိုင္ငံ နယ္စပ္ေဆြးေႏြးမႈမ်ားျပဳလုပ္ခဲ့ၿပီး အစည္းအေ၀းအား ညေန (၅)နာရီခန္႕တြင္ ရုတ္သိမ္းခဲ့ေၾကာင္း သိရွိရသည္။
Western Gate Guard

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ရခိုင္ျပည္နယ္၊ ေမာင္ေတာၿမိဳ႕နယ္၊ ျမန္မာ့ပိုင္နက္အတြင္းသို႔ ၂၀၁၅ ခုႏွစ္၊ ဇြန္လ ၁၇ ရက္ေန႔က က်ဴးေက်ာ္ ဝင္ေရာက္လာၿပီး၊ ယင္းတို႔ဘက္မွ စတင္ ပစ္ခတ္သျဖင့္ ျမန္မာ့နယ္ျခားေစာင့္ ရဲတပ္ဖြဲ႔မွ ဖမ္းဆီးစစ္ေမးခဲ့သည့္ ဘဂၤလားေဒ့ရွ္ လံုၿခံဳေရး တပ္ဖြဲ႔ဝင္တစ္ဦးအား ႏွစ္ႏိုင္ငံရွိရင္းစြဲ ခ်စ္ၾကည္ ရင္းႏွီးမႈႏွင့္ အိမ္နီးခ်င္းေကာင္းပီသမႈအေပၚ အေျခခံ၍ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံေဒသ ဆိုင္ရာ အာဏာပိုင္မ်ားမွ ဘဂၤလားေဒ့ရွ္ဘက္သို႔ ၂၅-၆-၂၀၁၅ ရက္ (၁၁၀၀) နာရီအခ်ိန္တြင္ ႏွစ္ႏိုင္ငံအလံတင္ အစည္းအေဝး က်င္းပျပဳလုပ္၍ ျပန္လည္ လႊဲေျပာင္း ေပးအပ္ခဲ့သည္။
ႏွစ္ႏိုင္ငံအၾကား တည္ရွိၿပီးေသာ ခ်စ္ၾကည္ရင္းႏွီးေသာ ဆက္ဆံေရးႏွင့္ အျပည္ျပည္ဆိုင္ရာ နယ္နိမိတ္တစ္ေလွ်ာက္ တည္ၿငိမ္ေအးခ်မ္းမႈ တိုးျမွင့္ေရး အတြက္ ဘဂၤလားေဒ့ရွ္ႏိုင္ငံအေနျဖင့္ လိုအပ္သည့္ အေရးယူေဆာင္ရြက္မႈ မ်ား၊ ပူးေပါင္းေဆာင္ရြက္မႈမ်ား ဆက္လက္ျပဳလုပ္သြားမည္ဟု ေမွ်ာ္လင့္ပါ သည္။
ရက္စြဲ၊ ၂၀၁၅ ခုႏွစ္၊ ဇြန္လ ၂၅ ရက္

#four #ISIS #members including #Bangladesh #chief #ARRESTED

Four members of militant outfit ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) have been arrested from Dhaka, police claim.
Detective Branch’s Deputy Commissioner Masudur Rahman told bdnews24.com that those arrested include the organisation’s chief coordinator in Bangladesh.

The four were identified as Shakhawatul Kabir, Anwar Hossain, Rabiul Islam and Nazrul Islam.

They were arrested from Dhaka’s Jatrabarhi and Khilkhet areas early on Monday, he said.

A laptop and ISIS leaflets have been recovered from them, added the police official.

DB Inspector Md Abu Zafar said that Kabir’s brother-in-law Shamim and Baten’s brother Sayem lives in Pakistan and they are members of ISIS.

The two had given Kabir the responsibility to work as ISIS’s chief coordinator in Bangladesh, Zafar said.

According to the detective official, Kabir has been frequently travelling to India, Pakistan and other countries.

In August last year, a video clip showing a group of Bangladesh nationals taking oath to organise Muslims under the leadership of ISIS chief Abu Bakr al Baghdadi surface online.

The video had footage of a group of five people taking Bay’ah to follow Al-Baghdadi. The video was uploaded on YouTube on Aug 2 with an English title ‘Muslims in Bangladesh Give Bayah to the Caliph’.

In Islamic terminology, Bay’ah is an oath of allegiance to a leader.

Bangladesh intelligence had since focused on picking up traces of ISIS activities


#Bangalees #torch, #vandalise #ethnic #houses, #temple in #Naniarchar

Bangalee settlers vandalised and set fire to houses, shops and a Buddhist temple of the indigenous people in Naniarchar upazila of Rangamati this morning.

According to officials, the settlers carried out the attack after leveling allegations of damaging pineapple seedlings against the indigenous people, reports a correspondent from Rangamati.

Mostafa Kamal, deputy commissioner of Rangamati, said some 4 lakh pineapple seedlings of the settlers were damaged in the incident.

“Seven shops, 10-12 houses and some jum houses of the ethnic people were set on fire,” the official said adding that a number of 43 people were affected in the incident.

However, the indigenous people claimed that the attackers torched over 50 houses in three villages – Suridapara, Camppara and Amtola.


Victim ethnic people said around 8:30 in the morning some 500 people from nearby Bogachhari village riding vehicles locally known Chandergari and on foot entered the villages and carried out the arson attack and ransacked the houses.



#အိႏိၵယႏိုင္ငံ #ဘာဒြမ္ေပါက္ကဲြမႈႏွင့္ #ပတ္သက္သည့္ ျမန္မာ ၃ ဦးကို #ဘဂၤလားေဒ့ရွ္ရဲဖမ္းဆီး

အိႏိၵယႏိုင္ငံ ဘာဒြမ္ေပါက္ကဲြမႈႏွင့္
ပတ္သက္သည့္ ျမန္မာ ၃ ဦးကို ဘဂၤလားေဒ့ရွ္ရဲဖမ္းဆီး
Tuesday, December 2, 2014


အိႏၵိယႏိုင္ငံ အေနာက္ဘဂၤလားျပည္နယ္မွာျဖစ္ပြားခဲ့တဲ့
ဘာဒြမ္ေပါက္ကြဲမႈနဲ႔ ဆက္စပ္ေနတဲ့ ျမန္မာ ၃ ေယာက္ကို
ဖမ္းဆီးရမိထားၿပီလို႔ ဘဂၤလားေဒ့ရွ္ရဲတပ္ဖြဲ႔က

အဲဒီ ၃ ေယာက္ဟာ
ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာ စည္းလံုးညီညြတ္ေရးအဖြဲ႔
RSO နဲ႔ျမန္မာအေျခစိုက္ တျခားအဖြဲ႕အစည္းေတြက
ဒါကၠာရဲတပ္ဖြဲ႔ ဒုတိယရဲမင္းႀကီး ခရစ္ရွနာ ပါဒါ ရြိဳင္က
ဒီဇင္ဘာလ ၁ ရက္ေန႔မွာ ေျပာပါတယ္။

အိႏၵိယနဲ႔ ဘဂၤလားအစိုးရတို႔ဟာ အဲဒီအမႈမွာ
ပူးေပါင္းပါ၀င္သူေတြကို အရွိန္ျမႇင့္ ဖမ္းဆီးမႈေတြ လုပ္ေဆာင္ခဲ့ရာမွာ နယ္စပ္တေလွ်ာက္က မတရားသင္း ေၾကညာထားတဲ့
JMB စစ္ေသြးႂကြအေယာက္ ၁၀၀ ေလာက္ကို
ဖမ္းဆီးႏိုင္ဖို႔ ၾကဳိးပမ္းေနတာျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ Continue reading “#အိႏိၵယႏိုင္ငံ #ဘာဒြမ္ေပါက္ကဲြမႈႏွင့္ #ပတ္သက္သည့္ ျမန္မာ ၃ ဦးကို #ဘဂၤလားေဒ့ရွ္ရဲဖမ္းဆီး”


Dhaka Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Krishnapada Roy said they arrested the ‘Rohingya militants’ from Lalbagh’s Etimkhana Mor around 9:30pm Sunday.

The men arrested were identified as Nur Hossain aka Rafikul Islam, 26, Yasir Arafat, 22, and Omar Karim, 25.

They were caught with five detonators, two gel explosives and several bomb-making ingredients, said Additional Deputy Commissioner of Detective Branch, Saidur Rahman.

“They are Rohingya militants, They have links to Rohingya Soliditary Organisation (RSO), Arakan Rohingya Union (ARU) and Netherlands-based NGO Global Rohingya Center (GRC).”

Two suspected militants were killed at Burwan town on Oct 2 in explosions at a house that had been turned into a bomb-making facility. India’s National Investigation Agency said the house was being used by militants belonging to the JMB, a banned extremist group from Bangladesh.

Sheikh Rahmatullah Sajid, said to be the head of JMB’s module in the town, was arrested in Kolkata. Detectives believe he is known as Masum in his home town at Narayanganj’s Farazikanda.

Another Rohingya man Khalid Mohammad had been arrested from Hyderabad in connection with the incident.






Sunday night at 0925 and 013 in the last 30-11 DMP and aparadhatathya category Lalbagh Police Station raided the orphanage crossing area 3 militants were arrested . Noor Hossain Mohammad Rafiqul Islam was arrested ( 6 ) , Yasser Arafat ( X ) and Omar Karim ( 5 ). Detanetara 05 of their custody , 02 bombs and 100 grams of white and orange T- gel explosive material was recovered . The RS, jiarasi and earaiu ‘s-

After the blast of transnational terrorist networks seeking Burdwan khagaraghare Bangladesh and India on the basis of exchange of information between intelligence agencies in different parts of Dhaka Metropolitan Police continued . Subsequently were arrested in the raid .
Police said that the preliminary interrogation , Burdwan stateless citizen Khaled Mohammad alias Abdul nurake explosion involving their ideological guru thinks . The RSO,GRC,ARO ROHINGA UNITS VOICE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

Active members and all citizens of Myanmar . They are illegal in Bangladesh anuprebesa attended madrassas behind several different radical militant organizations has been conducted . Chittagong , Cox’s Bazar and the hilly areas of different NGOs , orphanages , and the University has been conducted behind the militant organizations . Lalbagh police against those arrested under anti-terror laws and explosives.

Today at a press briefing at the Media Centre of DMP DMP and aparadhatathya deputy commissioner of police in terms of Krishna Roy said. DMP Media Centre at the deputy commissioner Rahman were present .
Deputy Police Commissioner Ray ppm terms dibira Krishna ‘s guidance , Additional Deputy Police Commissioner Mohamed Hussein chanoyara ppm ( bars ) of the unit under the supervision of Assistant Police Commissioner Mohammed Rahmat Ullah Chowdhury disapojala bomb led.


CR. U Htay Tint



#Rescued #boat #passengers #using #Myanmar #flag were #mostly #Bangladeshi #citizens


Among 623 people, who were rescued by the Bangladesh naval force recently from a boat hosting a Myanmar flag and leading to Malaysia, most of them were Bangladeshi citizens, the local authority in Dhaka claimed.

Quoting the Bangla authority, Dhaka based Bangla news-outlets reported that 494 rescued people (out of 623) belonged to Bangladesh.

Mahbul Rahman, one of the officers from Bangladesh naval force, had prosecuted 98 persons in a police station of Chittagong for illegal trespassing the border on November 19, said the media report.

A good number Bangladeshi people, who faced acute poverty, unemployment and lower salaries in their crowded country, often try to sail to Malaysia through water ways illegally by country boats during the favourable weather season.

Similarly, the Bangladesh media and activists claim that many Rohingya people, now living in Arakan State of western Burma, also try to get inside their country for shelter and necessary international media attention.

The Daily Star, a widely circulated English newspaper of Bangladesh reported on October 19 that there were only 18 Myanmarese citizens out of 134 people, who were arrested recently by the Thai authority.

Quoting E. Haque, the counselor of Bangladesh in Bangkok, the newspaper also added that the rest were from his country (Bangladesh).

The Bangladesh counselor, who talked to 700 trafficked people from Bangladesh to Thailand recently and found that 300 among them were Bangladeshi citizens, who were later repatriated to their country. The rest are also scheduled to get repatriated to Bangladesh, the media report claimed.
The Bangladesh government recently informed that it had investigated the credentials of 253 people, now lodged in different jails of Thailand, and found them as Bangladeshi citizens. The media reports also claimed that there might be very little number of Burmese nationals among them.http://narinjara.com/index.php/rescued-boat-passengers-using-myanmar-flag-were-mostly-bangladeshi-citizens/

#Arrested #militants #Chittagong #connected with #RSO #involved with #Rohingya #militants.

24/11/2014 But detectives said they were interrogating all the arrestees considering their poosible ties to the Rohingya militants and their activities in Cox’s Bazar and Naikhyanchharhi.


A leader of the Awami League unit in Bandarban’s Naikhyanchharhi is among the five people including a Pakistani citizen arrested as suspected militants in Chittagong City.

Police nabbed Md Shafiullah, 38, from Hotel Lord’s Inn at the port city’s Nasirabad on Sunday morning.

The four others are Pakistani Mohammad Alam, 44, Salamat Ullah, 40, Mohammad Amin, 53, and Abdul Majid, 31.

Shafiullah had contested the last Upazila Parishad election with the ruling party’s support.

Police suspect the five were connected with Rohingya Solidarity Organisation (RSO) which allegedly is involved with Rohingya militants.

However, one of Shafiullah’s party leaders claimed the man had gone to that hotel to discuss about selling land.

But detectives said they were interrogating all the arrestees considering their poosible ties to the Rohingya militants and their activities in Cox’s Bazar and Naikhyanchharhi.

Allegations have it that some Rohingya refugees are involved in criminal activities abroad by obtaining Bangladeshi passports.

Indian intelligence officials recently arrested RSO member Khalid Mohammad alias Khalid from Hyderabad over the Oct 2 Burdwan blast in West Bengal.

According to them, Khalid had confessed to have received militant training from Pakistan’s Tehrik-e-Insaf on behalf of Myanmar outfit Tehrek-e-Azadi Arakan.

bdnews24.com’s investigation also found out that Naikhyanchharhi Upazila resident Shaifullah had connections with the RSO.

Locals said his father Saleh Ahmed was also involved in RSO-related activities in the past.

The local influential family has close ties with the Rohingya people who have illegally come to Bangladesh from Myanmar.

Several local residents also said Naikhyanchharhi AL unit’s Human Resource Affairs Secretary Shafiullah works for a faction of the RSO.

They said Shafiullah joined Islami Chhatra Shibir, the Jamaat-e-Islami’s student wing, after passing SSC from Naikhyanchharhi High School. He passed HSC from Chittagong College.

He enrolled at Chittagong University’s Bangla department, but did not continue studies. He later passed degree from Nangolkot College and completed masters from a private university in Dhaka.

He is currently working at Naikhyanchharhi’s Haji MA Kalam Degree College’s political science department as an honorary teacher.

Local journalists said Shafiullah was also the president of the board of directors of two schools and a madrasa there.

A local Awami League leader, asking not to be named, told bdnews24.com that Shafiullah was not even involved in party activities six-seven years ago.

He joined Awami League after working for his brother-in-law who contested the 2009 Upazila Parishad election for chairman.

Naikhyanchharhi Upazila AL unit General Secretary Taslim Iqbal said Shafiullah was not involved with any militant organisation.

He told bdnews24.com that the party leader went to Chittagong to discuss about selling his personal land.

Shafiullah ran for chairman in this year’s Upazila polls, but was defeated by BNP-led alliance backed candidate Tofayel Ahmed.

BNP leader Ahmed is one of the accused in a case filed over the rampage in a Buddhist village in Cox’s Bazar’s Ramu Upazila.

Salamat Ullah, arrested with Shafiullah on Sunday, was also allegedly involved in the arson and vandalism at Ramu.

Salamat is locally known as a chief organiser of RSO in Cox’s Bazar.

Another arrestee, Majid confessed to police that his parents were of Rohingya origin.

His passport showed that he was born in Saudi Arabia’s Makkah. He visited Thailand, India, Qatar, Bahrain and Turkey in past one year.


Mass protests were held against the United Nations across four Arakanese towns on Sunday.
Over five thousand turned out in Sittwe alone, for monk-led demonstrations against Ban Ki Moon’s use of the term Rohingya