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7 JMB men on 4-day remand

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Dhaka: A Dhaka court on Friday placed seven suspected members of banned Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), including the acting ameer of a faction, on a four-day remand in two cases.Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Rashed Talukdar passed the order after police produced them before his court seeking a 20-day remand in the two cases. Plain-clothes police in a drive arrested the seven suspected JMB members from the city’s Turag area on Wednesday.During the drive, Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) also seized 10 kg gel-like chemical and jihadi books.The arrested militants had planned to carry out attacks on VVIPs, VIPs and KPIs to draw the attention of middle east-based militant group Islamic State (Isis). This was disclosed at a press briefing at the DMP Media Centre on Friday.The arrested were Abdullah Al Tasnim, acting ameer of a JMB group, and his accomplices Nayeem Ali, Sikander Ali, Mahmud Ibn Bashar, Masum Billah, Fuhad Hasan and Ali Ahmed.Police filed two cases -- one udder the Explosive Substances Act and the other under the Anti-Terrorism Act -- against the seven JMB men with Turag Police Station on Friday.Acting on secret information, a DB team along with members of Lawful Interception Centre (LIC) of the Police Headquarters launched a drive at Ashulia Landing Station under Turag Police Station at about 1:05pm on Wednesday and arrested the JMB militants.They also recovered gel-like chemical, four bronze idols, some books and leaflets. The recovered gel and bronze dust are used for making explosives.Briefing reporters, DB Joint Commissioner (DB) Monirul Islam said the arrested militants revealed that they had planned to launch attacks on very important persons of the country to draw the attention of Isis.Besides, they were trying to rejuvenate the JMB members who are not currently active through carrying out subversive acts, including attack on important establishments, in the country, he added.Replying to a question, Monir said the detectives were investigating whether they had any link with the killing of Maulana Nurul Islam Faruqui, Islamic programme presenter of television station ‘Channel i’.Miscreants slaughtered Faruqui at his East Rajabazar area on August 27.