Two suspected Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) cadre have been arrested in western Assam’s Dhubri district.
Firearms and fake Indian currency notes were also seized from their possession.
Police recovered four firearms and fake Indian currency notes of the face value of Rs 1.02 lakh from the two, who were apprehended in the district bordering Bangladesh and West Bengal.
“In a joint operation with Special Branch, Assam Police and a Central agency, Dhubri police apprehended two neo-JMB cadres from Larkura area under Gauripur police station. One of the cadres was apprehended with 4 firearms and Rs 1.02 lakh in fake Indian currency notes,” Assam DGP Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta tweeted.
The Assam Police sought the help of the Muslim community in identifying members of the new module of the JMB militants.
“In this matter, we appeal to the respected Muslim community and their leaders to come forward and assist us in identifying the other members of this module. We also appeal to them to help us bring all such radicalized elements to the mainstream,” the DGP said in a separate tweet.
Mahanta said that police investigations revealed some Bangladeshi clerics obtain Indian visas ostensibly for medical treatment in Chennai but violating the visa rules, they visit different parts of Assam to radicalize Muslims in the state.
In 2014, the police had busted a JMB module in Assam’s Barpeta.
Additional Director General of Police, Special Branch, Hiren Nath said the JMB cadres mingled as ordinary people plying various trades.
“These JMB cadres misguide the youths and motivate them to follow the JMB’s ideology,” he said.