Case after raid on militant hideout in Netrakona

A case has been registered in connection with the seizure of 80 types of equipment including pistols, bullets, bombs from a house suspected to be a terrorist hideout in Netrokona Sadar Upazila.

The case was registered by Inspector (Investigation) Anishur Ashekin at Netrakona Model Police Station on Tuesday (June 11) afternoon.

District Police Spokesperson Additional Superintendent of Police Lutfar Rahman confirmed this information. He said that four persons have been named and unknown persons have been accused in the case.

Those named are Hamim Hossain alias Fahim alias Anwar Hossain alias Shahjalal, son of Salim Mia of North Balihari village of Nesharabad (Swarupkathi) Police Station, Pirojpur, his wife Umme Hafcha (25), Saifullah alias Saiful, son-in-law of Abdul Hai of Hasnabad area of ​​South Keraniganj Police Station, Dhaka. 42) and Shafiqul Islam alias Atiq (37) son of Nizam Uddin of Magura Purvapara village of Satkhira Sadar.

Several special teams including district police, bomb disposal unit, special weapons and tactics (SWAT), cyber team were raided in the house surrounded by suspected militant hideout in Vasapara area of ​​Kailati union of Netrakona Sadar upazila. The campaign ended on Sunday (June 9) around 6:30 pm. Earlier, the district police surrounded the house from 1 pm on Saturday. Mymensingh Range DIG Shah Abid Hossain announced the completion of the operation and confirmed that the house is a training camp of militants.

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During the operation, 80 types of goods including pistols, bullets, laptops, walkie-talkies, mobile phones, Ramdas were seized. Besides, six powerful IEDs (Remote Controlled Bombs) were detonated and defused. Police said they had been living in the high-walled house on about three acres of land for two-and-a-half years.

After the operation, DIG of Mymensingh Range Shah Abid Hossain said in a briefing that a few people, including a young man named Fahim alias Arif, lived in the house. Arif was arrested with weapons in Raipura of Narsingdi on June 5. The operation was conducted based on the source of the incident and intelligence information.

He also said that Professor Abdul Mannan’s phone is switched off. His involvement in the incident is being investigated. DIG did not want to say anything more for the sake of investigation.

On Saturday afternoon, the operation was first started in the two-storey house of Vasapara village under the leadership of OC Abul Kalam of Netrakona Model Police Station. A foreign pistol, 17 bullets, two wakitkis, a handcuff and a bag of books were recovered in the raid. Later, the Anti-Terrorism Unit and the SWAT team conducted a second round of operations on Sunday.

Officials leading the operation said the house was used as a training center for militants. The exclusive device found here is similar to the rescue equipment found in a militant hideout in Mohammadpur in 2017.

After investigation, it is known that fish is cultivated in two big ponds inside the house. Besides, there is a half-baked tin canopied house inside the wall. After paying the rent, the tenants raise the boundary wall of the house one and a half feet higher than before. As a result nothing of that house could be seen from outside. About 25-30 CCTV cameras are installed at different places of the boundary wall including coconut trees, mango trees of the house. No local was allowed to enter that house.

District Superintendent of Police Faiz Ahmed said that the environment inside the house was suitable for training 15-20 people. A case has been filed in this incident. An operation is underway to arrest those involved in terrorist activities.

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