Rab claimed to have arrested five alleged members of banned militant group Ansar al Islam from Dhamria upazila in Dhaka district earlier today.
They are: Mizanur Rahman Palash (35), Nurul Huda (44), Abdur Rashid (21), Rasel (37), and Abdul Hai (40). They all are from Chapainawabganj district.
Sajedul Islam, senior assistant director of Rab-4, said the arrestees in primary interrogation admitted that they belong to the militant outfit.
According to Rab, Palash, the coordinator of Chapainawabganj unit of the militant group, is a trader by profession. He was the admin of at least six social-media-based secret groups which propagate extremism.
He was a recruiter and fund collector, Sajedul, also a senior assistant superintendent of Police, said.
A madrasa teacher, Nurul, joined the militant outfit seven years ago and became a motivator while Rashid, a mason, was an active member of the group.
Rasel, a workshop worker, was responsible for collecting money from other members and sympathisers and providing them to Nurul while village doctor Hai joined the outfit through Palash.