Manikpur police in Assam’s Bongaigaon arrested a person on suspicions of having links with the Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), a Bangladesh based Jihadi organisation from Bhandara.
The person who was apprehended was identified as Syed Ahmed, aged 25 years.
The Superintendent of Bongaigaon police, Swapnil Deka said that the Ahmed was arrested after another detainee in the matter, Imran Hussain, mentioned about him to the police during interrogation. Police had arrested Hussain earlier on April 18.
Police also informed that bank passbooks, Aadhaar cards and documents “preaching jihad” were found from the possession of Ahmed.
Meanwhile, a third accused in the case managed to flee from the spot, the police informed.
Notably, the Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), also known as Ansar Bangla, is an Islamic Jihadi organization in Bangladesh. They have been named in several crimes including brutal attacks and murders of “atheist” bloggers between 2013 and 2015. They had also been named in a bank heist in April 2015.
Following the heist, the ABT was outlawed by the Ministry of home affairs on May 25, 2015.
There have been claims from the police that the ABT has links to the Islami Chhatra Shibir, student wing to the Jamaat-e-Islami party in Bangladesh.