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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed a chargesheet against five alleged Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) operatives in the Barpeta JMB module case.

The five were accused of procuring weapons and ammunition in order to carry out terror activities in pursuance of jihadi ideology.

An NIA spokesperson on Friday said that the chargesheet was filed in the NIA Special Court in Guwahati against Hafizur Rahman, Yakub Ali, Sariful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman and Mohammad Hafiz Safikul Islam under the Arms Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

The agency took over the probe in December 2019 on the basis of a case registered at Barpeta Police Station in Assam.

Acting on information about a trained JMB suspect, Barpeta Police searched the house of one Rahman in Barpeta on July 30, 2019 and allegedly seized a countrymade revolver, four rounds of ammunition and jihadi literature from his possession.

On his confession, alleged trained JMB cadres—Ali, Islam, Mustafizur Rahman and Mohammad Hafiz Safikul Islam were arrested.

The NIA official said its probe revealed they were members of proscribed terror group JMB.

The official pointed out that the accused were recruited by Sahanur Alom of Barpeta district.

Sahanur was arrested by Assam police for his alleged involvement in the Burdwan blast case of October 10, 2014.

Alom has already been sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment for conspiracy to commit terrorist acts in India and recruiting and training other members of JMB.

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