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Five Men Arrested For Plan to Sabotage ISKCON Temple in Dhaka, Bangladesh

By: for The Independent ( on Feb. 14, 2020

Members of DMP's CTTC unit present five suspected members of the banned militant outfit Ansar-al-Islam alias Ansarullah Bangla Team before media, arrested from Dhaka on Monday, February 10, 2020 

A Dhaka court yesterday placed five members of banned militant outfit Ansar-al-Islam on four-day remand each in a case lodged under Anti-terror Act. The remanded suspected militants were identified as Nijam Uddin, 21, Rayhan Bhuiyan, 20, Hanif Uddin Suman, 19, Sheikh Iftekharur Islam alias Arif, 25 and Mufti Muslim, 27.

The Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) arrested five suspected members of the banned militant outfit Ansar al-Islam alias Ansarullah Bangla Team from Dhaka last night.

The militants were planning to carry out an act of sabotage at the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) temple in the capital.

Acting on a tip-off, a CTTC team conducted a drive on Sunday afternoon at Sabujbag’s Balur Math area and arrested the suspected militants. They also recovered three machetes, four bags and four smartphones from the arrestees’ possession.

Ilias Sharif, the joint commissioner of the CTTC unit, said that the militants were planning to sabotage the ISKCON temple in the capital and its others establishments in the country but police arrested them before they could carry out their heinous plan. Ilias Sharif said this at a press briefing at DMP media centre yesterday.

The CTTC official said the arrestees came from different districts of the country and held secret meetings in Dhaka to chalk out their plans. Earlier, they had maintained communications via a protected online system through social media, Telegram, online chat groups and crypto-currencies. They had also collected money from online sources at the same time.

CTTC officials said that they arrested three people who had planned to sabotage the ISKCON temple in November last year.

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