JMB Chief held in India? - UPDATE from Reuters
There was no official Bangladeshi confirmation of the reports, and Bangladeshi interior ministry officials could not be reached for comment.
Indian police, when asked whether Rahman had been held in West Bengal, confirmed they had detained a man but did not say whether he was the hunted Bangladeshi Islamist leader.
"We have picked up a man on Sunday. We still verifying the whole thing and who he is,"Inspector-General of West Bengal police Raj Kanojia told Reuters by phone from Kolkata, capital of West Bengal which shares a large, porous border with Bangladesh.........More
Reuters Update 1. 23.01.2006
Bangladesh Islamist leader held in India - reports
Shayek Abdur Rahman, supreme leader of the outlawed Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen group, was picked up from a hideout in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal on Sunday, The New Age and Amar Desh newspapers said, citing intelligence sources.
Security forces last week launched a massive hunt on Bangladesh's western borders after an intelligence tip-off that Rahman was in the area, along with Siddikul Islam Bangla Bhai, chief of another Islamic group, Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh.
Shaikh Rahman is said to be responsible for a series of suicide attacks in public places in
More than 400 bombings took place on August 17 and a series of subsequent bombings, including several suicide attacks followed. Twenty-eight people, including four suicide bombers, died in such incidents.
According to the source, the
Following extensive interrogation, the Indian police came to know from Mohsin that Shaikh Rahman was also hiding in the area. Subsequently the police raided the area and nabbed Rahman the next day. Shaikh was sent to the Indian capital,
The state minister for home affairs told New Age at this morning that he had first come to know of the arrest from the media reports.
‘Neither the Indian government, nor our High Commission in India has so far officially told us anything about Shaikh Rahman’s reported arrest’ the minister said. ‘We expect the government of
will officially inform us on the arrest, if the wanted JMB leader is nabbed in Delhi . Besides we shall take necessary steps about it, through a diplomatic channel, as soon as India Dhakaand wake up tomorrow [Monday] morning’. Delhi
In this regard, the minister said the
Shaikh Rahman formed an Islamist militant outfit Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh, which was banned by the government in October 17th ,2 005. On