The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday claimed to have arrested the media wing coordinator of militant outfit Ansar Al Islam, in Singair upazila of Manikganj.
A team of Rab-3 arrested Mohammad Ishak Khan, 32, with some locally-made arms and “books that incite extremism” during a special drive in Kashimpur Irta village, said Lt Col Emranul Hasan, commanding officer of Rab-3.
While addressing a briefing at Rab media centre, the officer said Ishak was one of the coordinators of the banned outfit's media wing, and he used to recruit members and inspire youths towards extremism through his writing.
Ishak passed Dawra-e-Hadith in 2006 from Mohammadpur's Jamia Rahmania Arabia Madrasa and came across Mufti Jashimuddin Rahmani, also chief of Ansarullah Bangla Team, presently known as Ansar Al Islam, claimed Rab.
Later, he became a close associate of Rahmani and used to circulate extremist ideologies. He also founded a publishing house and published Rahmani's extremist lectures and write-ups, the Rab official said.
Ishak distributed the books to different madrasas of the country for free, the official said. “We have also found out that Ishak visited the Rohingya camp in Cox's Bazar a couple of times, distributed several lakh taka there and tried to motivate its residents to join extremism.”
Rab also said Ishak's brother Rakib, now in jail, is an active member of Hizb-ut Tahrir.
A terrorism case was filed with Singair Police Station against Ishak, Rab added.