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Three of four arrested operatives hailed from Bangladesh.
Acting on a tip-off, Kolkata Police’s Special Task Force (STF) arrested four neo-Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) or Islamic State (IS) operatives from Kolkata.
Two operatives, identified as Md Jiaur Rahman and Mamonur Rashid, were arrested from the vicinity of Sealdah Railway Station’s parking lot; both are Bangladeshi nationals. A mobile phone, containing photos, videos, jihadi text and literature, was found on them.
Two other operatives identified as Md Sahin Alam and Robiul Islam were arrested from the Howrah Station. While Alam is a Bangladeshi national, Islam is an Indian national and lived in West Bengal’s Birbhum district.
The arrested Indian national was also a member of the banned terrorist organisation and was helping them by harbouring, recruiting and collecting fund from India.
The arrested Bangladeshi nationals had taken shelter in India to escape an arrest in Bangladesh and were further involved in the recruitment under the Islamic State banner and collect funds for organisation too.
All four were active on social media propagating their agenda. Digital documents, videos and audio files along with Jihadi booklets were recovered from their possession.
The main motive of their organisation was to overthrow democratic governments in India and Bangladesh and establish Sharia law under a caliphate.
The operatives are to be produced before the court today.