Detectives yesterday claimed to have arrested two members of banned militant outfit Jamatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) with a firearm and ammunition in the capital’s Tejturi Bazar area on Monday.
A pistol, two bullets and Tk 35,000 in cash were seized from Asifur Rahman (26) and Piash Sheikh (28), they said.
They opted for robbery to amass money, said Shahadat Hossain Suma, an additional deputy commissioner (Tejgaon Division) of the Detective Branch of DMP.
Accused in separate cases under the Anti-Terrorism Act 2013, both were arrested earlier, said Shahadat. The DB official said this group spends its robbed money for the fellow militants in prisons and financially insolvent ones.
They established a food delivery shop named “Halal and Fresh” and under its banner, they carry out militant activities and spread their ideology, the ADC said.
According to detectives, at least 14 persons were arrested in connection with at least six robberies in Hatirjheel, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar and Mohammadpur between October last year and February this year.
Some of them gave confessional statements before magistrates and revealed militants’ involvement in robbery.