A Dhaka court yesterday placed eight members of the banned militant group Ansar Al Islam on a six-day remand. They were arrested on the charge of spreading terror propaganda among Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar in the guise of an NGO.
Metropolitan Magistrate Md Ashek Imam passed the order after the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit produced them before the court with a 10-day remand prayer.
The arrestees – aged between 24 and 38 – are: Saf Wanur Rahman, Sultan Mahmud, Nazrul Islam, Abu Taher, Ilias Mridha, Ashraful Alam, Hasnain, and Md Kamrul.
A team of CTTC unit arrested the eight after conducting a drive at the office of the NGO, Small Kindness Bangladesh (SKB), on Road 9 at DOHS, Pallabi in Dhaka early Thursday.
CTTC officials said the NGO, which was spreading terror propaganda in the name of humanitarian activities in the Rohingya camps, was banned by the NGO Affairs Bureau for its alleged involvement in militancy financing as well as conducting anti-state activities in August.
Despite the ban, the NGO was operating its activities.
Pakistan-based Al-Khidmat Foundation, an organisation that has connections with terror outfits al-Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Taiba, was operating militant activities in Rohingya camps through the NGO, the officials claimed.