JMB Operative From Barpeta Arrested in Kerala

Abdul Matin became a JMB member in 2010 when he was studying at a madrasa. Photo courtesy: ANI
Abdul Matin became a JMB member in 2010 when he was studying at a madrasa. Photo courtesy: ANI

Guwahati, February 2, 2019

In a major breakthrough, the West Bengal Police Special Task Force and the Kerala police arrested terror suspect Abdul Matin from Kerala’s Mallapuram on February 1st, 2019. He will be produced at the court in Kolkata on February 2nd, 2019.

According to the police, Matin, who hails from Barpeta district in Assam, is an active member of the terror outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB). Matin is one of the 15 trainees from the Simulia Madrasa and Mokimnagar Madrasa in West Bengal’s Bardhman district. He is also an accused in the 2014 Khagragarh blast in Bardhman. Matin became a JMB member in 2010 when he was studying at a madrasa.

The blast was conducted in the Khagragarh of Bardhman district in October 2014 and two JMB leaders were reportedly killed. The police had seized a huge cache of explosives, including IEDs and RDX from the blast site.

More than 50 improvised explosive devices were recovered. The police also seized large numbers of wrist watch dials, SIM cards and tools used to prepare improvised explosive devices. Micro SD cards containing propaganda songs, Taliban training videos were recovered.

Assam Team sent to Kolkata

Assam DGP Kuladhar Saikia on February 2nd, 2019 said that the Assam police have already sent a team to Kolkata to interrogate the arrested JMB operative Matin.

“Post the Burdwan blast, the Assam Police arrested four persons and were looking for Matin. He has been arrested in Kerala and we will soon take him in our custody,” Saikia said.

Commenting about youths showing their interest to join the militant organizations, he said, “Operations are going on in Upper Assam districts and inter-state boundaries.”