Police in India admit error in arrest of Bangladeshi bomb suspect
Radio Australia, 25/01/2006, 18:56:38
India police say a man arrested as the suspected Bangladeshi bomb mastermind, was in fact a student with the same name.
Police in West Bengal earlier said they had caught Shaik Abdur Rahman, the leader of the militant group Jamayetul Mujahideen, which has been blamed for a deadly bombing campaign in Bangladesh.
However, they say the detainee is a university student and too young to be the Jamayetul Mujahideen head, who is believed to be in his 50s, but he does belong to the militant group.
Police say the student had crossed into India a few weeks after the August 17 blasts and taken shelter in a relative’s house in a village north of Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal state.
He is accused of travelling to India without proper documents and has been remanded in custody .
Bangladeshi student denies hand in blasts
Behrampore, Jan. 24. — The Bangla blast suspect, Obaidur Rahaman, arrested on Sunday, admitted to police today that he came in contact with the Bangladeshi militant outfit, Jamat-e-ul-Mujahidin, a few months ago but his alleged involvement in the serial blasts in Bangladesh last month was far from truth. Obaidur was quoted as having said: “For about five months, I was in close contact with the Jamat group but I parted company with them as soon as I came to understand that it was a terrorist group. It was mainly due to my old connections with them that Bangladesh Police is after me.” — SNS
Bangladeshi Islamic militant leader arrested in India
AFX News Limited, 01.24.2006, 12:47 AM
CALCUTTA, India (AFX) – Bangladeshi Islamic militant leader Shaikh Abdur Rahman, wanted for a string of deadly bomb blasts in his home country, has been arrested in India, police said.
‘Shaikh Abdur Rahman was arrested when he came to attend a marriage ceremony in Joragachha village (bordering Bangladesh) on Sunday,’ West Bengal police inspector general Raj Kanojia told Agence France-Presse.
‘We have kept information of the arrest secret (until) we established his identity,’ he said.
Jamayetul Mujahideen, a group led by Rahman, an Afghan war veteran, has been blamed for more than 400 synchronized blasts across Bangladesh on August 17 and a series of subsequent bombings, including several suicide attacks.
A total of 28 people died in the attacks, including four suicide bombers.
Leaflets left at blast sites and bearing the name of the group called for the imposition of strict Islamic law in the mainly Muslim but secular nation.
Kanojia said Rahman had crossed into India a few weeks after the 17 August serial blasts and took refuge in a relative’s house in a village about 250 kilometres north of Calcutta, capital of West Bengal state.
His relative has also been arrested.
District police superintendent Niraj Singh said Rahman, charged with travelling to India without proper documents, was remanded in police custody by a district court yesterday.
‘Police are interrogating him to establish his link with the 17 August serial blasts in Bangladesh,’ he said.
‘He will be produced before the court again on Wednesday.’