Dhaka – Security forces have arrested a garment factory owner for his alleged link with a banned Islamist group blamed for a number of terrorist attacks in Bangladesh, police said on Sunday.
The crime-busting Rapid Action Battalion says Imran Ahmed, managing director of Jim Tex, was accused of funding and supplying weapons to a faction of the Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh.
The battalion members picked up Ahmed from Narayanganj, near the capital Dhaka, on Saturday night after the investigators found his link with the outfit.
RAB spokesman Mufti Mahmud Khan said Ahmed holds a senior position in the banned group. He gave shelter to members of the group at his home in Dhaka and aided them with money and weapons.
The man admitted to his involvement with the militant outfit. He was in charge of the group’s membership collection in Dhaka’s upscale areas, Khan said.
JMB has been blamed for a series of terrorist attacks in recent years, including last year’s cafe attack in Dhaka, which left 20 civilians, mostly foreigners, dead.
The group was banned after synchronized bomb attacks hit 63 locations in Bangladesh in August 2005.
Bangladesh launched a series of anti-militant raids in response to the cafe attack, killing more than 70 suspected militants in the last 11 months.