A key leader of the banned terror outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen was arrested by Assam police on Friday night from a sleepy district of Nalbari and the man identified as Sahanur Alon alias ‘doctor’. He revealed an elaborate plot to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Sahanur was one of the most wanted terrorists in the Burdwan blast case, The Times of India reported on Sunday.
Quoting sources, the Indian daily said the Bangladesh mujahideen planned to kill Hasina and stage a coup plot to set up a ‘Greater Islamic Bangladesh’.
The National Investigation Agency of India, which is probing the Burdwan terror case, is likely to send a report to their Bangladeshi counterparts after which it will be decided if they need to visit Kolkata again to question Sahanur, head of the outfit in Assam.
NIA had announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh for information leading to Sahanur's capture. The 31-year-old's arrest is the biggest breakthrough since Bengal module chief Sajid was held on November 8.
Known as 'daktar' in the outfit and to intelligence agencies, Sahanur passed himself off as a dentist or a homoeopath by day and handled JMB's finances and arms shipments by night, said security sources.
Assam DGP Khagen Sarma said Sahanur was not a combatant versed in use of firearms. "But he is more dangerous as he was involved in motivational training to recruit youths," Sarma said. Sahanur has revealed that several JMB leaders from Bangladesh visited a madrasa in Larkuchi in Nalbari - just as they did in Simulia and Mukimnagar madrasa in Bengal - to build a wider base among Assamese-speaking Bangladeshi immigrants.
According to NIA officers, Sahanur might be flown to Kolkata for interrogation. "Three key JMB operatives - Khaled, Hakim and Sajid - are in our custody and we want to interrogate Sahanur face-to-face with them.
Khaled being the Myanmar pointsman and Sajid one of the main operatives in Bengal, there is a very strong possibility that they were interconnected and shared vital information, an officer said.
Security agencies of both countries hope to get clues from Sahanur to track down JMB financiers. According to NIA officers, funds for JMB used to reach Assam via Myanmar and North-East through hawala channels.
"After the money reached Sahanur, he used to send it to different places according to instructions," an NIA officer said. Investigators had got some insight into JMB's money trail after Suzena's interrogation.
"We’re trying to find out if there was any direct funding by any person in Bengal or other parts of India. Sahanur can also tell us if money reached Bangladesh through him," the officer added.
JMB man held in Assam; reveals plot to kill Hasina