Anti Terrorism Unit (ATU), a specialized unit of Bangladesh Police, arrested six suspected active members of banned militant outfit Hizb ut- Tahrir (Bangladesh) from the city’s various areas while distributing leaflets of an on-line conference on Thursday night.
Besides, the ATU members also arrested an alleged member of another banned militant group Ansar-Ullah Bangla Team (ABT) from the city’s Gabtoli in the same day night.
The arrested Hizb-ut-Tahrir members were identified as Md Sohel, 29, Nur Mohammad aliad Arun alias Nur, 30, Md Ibrahim Khaiullah, 21, Arnob Hasan, 21, Md Saifur Rahman Babar, 30, and Nur Mohammad Shakil, 30, while the ABT man was identified as Sohel Rana alias Saidul Islam Sohel, 26.
Sources at the ATU headquarters here said based on secret information, a ATU team conducted simultaneous drives in the city’s Norda, Bhatara and Basundhara residential area from Thursday afternoon to till mid night and arrested the six active members of the Hizb-ut-Tahrir.
The ATU members recovered 26 leaflets of online conference of the banned militant outfit and nine mobile phone sets from their possessions, says Superintendent of Police (SP) Md Aslam Khan of the ATU headquarters (Media & Awareness).
In another drive, the ATU members arrested Sohel Rana akias Saidul from Gabtoli bus stand at around 10:30pm.
The arrested seven militant members were involved in various online preaching, including anti-state conspiracies to establish Islami khelafat, says Aslam Khan, SP.