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4 militants held

Allahar Dal trying to recruit those sacked in Pilkhana carnage

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Four members of militant group 'Allahar Dal' were arrested by RAB-3 with mobile phone and some devices from city's Hatirjheel area. This photo was taken from RAB Media Centre on Monday.

Staff Reporter :
Banned Islamist outfit Allahar Dal is actively trying to recruit those who had been sacked over the Pilkhana massacre.
The organisation is also seeking to hire retired personnel from armed forces or sacked members of various organisations online as well as at grassroots level.
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Legal and Media Wing Director Lieutenant Colonel Emranul Hasan said this at a media briefing in the city's Karwan Bazar on Monday.
Earlier, RAB-3 detained four militants of Allahar Dal from the city's Hatirjheel are on Sunday night. They are Ibrajit Ahmed Hero, 46, Abdul Aziz, 50, Md Shafiqul Islam Suruj, 38, and Md Rashidul Islam, 28.
The RAB also seized mobiles, pen drives, hard discs, credit cards, cheque books and books from them, the RAB spokesman said.
During primary interrogation, the suspects had claimed themselves to be members of Allahar Dal or Allahar Sarkar and revealed some vital information, said the RAB official.
According to RAB, Allahar Dal is trying to recruit retired or sacked members of various armed forces in order to avoid need for training.
The outfit was established in 1995 at the leadership of Motin Mehedi who has many other aliases and helped JMB execute the 'Series Bob Blasts' in 2004, according to him.
Motin Mehedi parted from JMB when it began to lose its organisational strength due to the crackdown of law enforcement agencies on militant units but the outfit began regrouping after Mehedi was arrested in 2007.
The outfit currently operates through an organogram similar to that of the country's administration or hierarchy followed by armed forces. It is actively involved in recruiting members online and at the grassroots level.
The suspects had also revealed that it had been planning to steal its leader Mehedi Motin from the law enforcement agencies when he would be taken to court on a prison van, the RAB official said. Militant Inbrajit had revealed that he was performing as the Acting Taroka, a rank equivalent to an amir, of Allahar Dal in absence of the outfit's Taroka.

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