Bangladeshi investigators arrive in India to interrogate ISIS suspect Musa over Dhaka attack

Bangladeshi policemen stand guard in front of Holey Artisan Bakery restaurant in Dhaka which was the site of a bloody siege on July 1. Photograph:( Getty )

DNA Kolkata, India Aug 15, 2016, 07.19 PM (IST) Pooja Mehta

A three-member team of investigators from Bangladesh arrived in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal on Monday evening to
interrogate arrested ISIS suspect Musa and probe him over his Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) links. 

The members are from Bangladesh’s anti-terror agency – Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), who are not only going to interrogate Musa on not his links with terror outfit JMB but also to explore his role in Dhaka’s Gulshan attack at the Holey Artisan Bakery.

Acting on a tip-off from India’s central security and intelligence agencies, CID West Bengal had arrested Musa alias Md Masiuddin from the Burdwan railway station in West Bengal on board a train when he was about to travel to Birbhum district in July this year. 

One improvised gun and a 13-inch dagger, besides fake currency notes of Afghanistan and Syria were seized from his possession. 

His arrest came soon after the terror attacks in Bangladesh’s Dhaka.

He came under the scanner after his e-mails and calls were traced to Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Syria. Officials in the investigating agency highlighted that he had been in touch with several ISIS operatives in Syria through the social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Initial investigations had revealed that he had also been in touch with several JMB operatives in Bangladesh.

Soon, the case was taken up by National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Musa was taken into custody.

In March 2015, Musa had met a JMB leader from Bangladesh, Abu Suleiman in India’s eastern state of West Bengal during his sister’s wedding.

Musa had been in touch with Suleiman over Facebook, but Suleiman had expressed his wish to meet Musa in person. Later, Musa invited him to attend his sister’s wedding held in Bengal.

After the meeting, Musa had agreed to work with Suleiman on the issue of Islamic State and the spread of jihad in India. Suleiman had even asked Musa to chose non-Muslim targets, especially US-nationals and behead them.

Meanwhile, Suleiman is on the run as the Indian and Bangladeshi governments continue their search for him.