Dhaka – Bangladeshi security forces have arrested an Information Communication Technology expert of a banned Islamist outfit as he used to gather information about the secularist bloggers under the group’s hit-list, police said on Tuesday.
The lawmen picked up Md Ashfaq-Ur-Rahman, chief of the ICT unit of the Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), believed to be an affiliate of al-Qaeda Indian Subcontinent Chapter, at Bhatara in Dhaka on Monday.
Ashfaq-Ur-Rahman who was also known as Ayon or Arif or Anik admitted that he used to collect information about the targets, said Monirul Islam, head of counterterrorism unit of police.
Islam also said that the man was also in close relation with sacked army officer Major Syed Ziaul Haque, the head of the military operations of banned the militant outfit. Ziaul, now on the run, was fired from the army for a failed coup attempt in 2011.
The investigators have planned for custodial interrogation of the suspected ICT chief of ABT, Ashfaq-Ur-Rahman.
Rahman was a student of computer science department of Shahjalal University of Technology, said Monirul Islam adding that he joined the Islamist group more than a year ago.