Saturday, August 18, 2012
Suspected JeM leader remanded
Staff CorrespondentMadrasa teacher Moulana Mohammad Yunus, a suspected leader of Kashmir separatist militantgroup Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), was placed on a six-day remand yesterday.Detective Branch (DB) of Police on Thursday arrested Yunus, 48, who they claim wasdesignated to recruit Rohingyas for the outfit.Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Shahidul Islam granted the six-day remand after thedetectives produced Yunus before the court seeking a 10-day remand to interrogate him.DB police and court sources said, Yunus was shown arrested in a case filed with Paltan PoliceStation in the capital under section 154 of the Code of Criminal Procedures (CrPc).DB officials also said they were preparing to file another case under the Anti-Terrorism Acts.The officials in their prayer mentioned that Yunus should be remanded for extractinginformation about the Bangladeshi networks of the JeM, which was banned in Pakistan in 2002.Yunus, a teacher of Moulavir Kata Al-Givari Adarsha Dakhil Madrasa in Cox's Bazar, had beenworking as a local coordinator of the terrorist organisation, said DB Deputy CommissionerMonirul Islam on Thursday.His job was to recruit Rohingyas and locals of Cox's Bazar for his group and have them carry outJeM's activities in Bangladesh, Monirul said.He said the arrest was carried out following information gleaned from Rohingyas, who earliertried to depart from Shahjalal International Airport on fake Bangladeshi passports."The detained JeM leader had been carrying out his activity on instructions of Saber Ahmmed,ex-principal of the madrasa, who has been living in Pakistan for the last few years," Monirul said,adding, "Financial support for his activities came from Pakistan and Saber is technically the bossof Yunus."The DB official claimed that Saber was previously involved in Jamaat-e-Islami and that he hadpaid a visit to Bangladesh in July last.