An Indian female terrorist recruiter from Neo-JMB terrorist group was arrested by the Counter Terrorism & Transnational Crimes (CTTC) branch of the Bangladesh Police yesterday.
Bangladesh Police informed the captured Indian nationals name was Ayesha Jannat Mohona alias Jannatut Tasnim aged 25. She is a former Hindu with birth name of Pragya Debnath.
The terrorist suspect has been taken on a four day remand for interrogation. Bangladesh Police have sought further information from Indian authorities about their national’s background.
Pragya Debnath married a Bangladeshi citizen by the name of Amir Hossain last year in October over telephone then moved to Bangladesh following the marriage. Mr Hossain is a resident of Oman.
The Indian national hid her identity and worked at various madrassas in Dhaka and Narayanganj as a teacher. She later went in to hiding after the neo-JMB’s female branch’s chief was arrested.
The terrorist suspect is a local of West Bengal’s Hooghly’s Dhanakhali police station area’s Western Keshabpur village. She converted to Islam when she was attending class 9 according to Bangladesh Police. She researched about Islam on the internet and at a later stage contacted various online groups extremist groups before becoming a fully committed member of the neo-JMB terrorist network.
Pragya Debnath became close to the neo-JMBs female branch chief Asmani Khatun alias Asma before ascending to a leadership position within the terrorist outfit.
The Indian terrorist suspect regularly visited Bangladesh since 2016 in a capacity as a fund raiser for Neo-JMB.
Debnath created a false Bangladeshi birth certificate and finally succeeded in acquiring a Bangladeshi National Identification (NID) card to pass herself off as a Bangladeshi citizen.
While working in a leadership position in neo-JMB she recruited brainwashed female members for the terrorist outfit as well as new recruits to strengthen the group. She used to also collect funds and deliver those as part of her activities.
CTTC seized important documents from the Indian citizen’s possession. The documents are being analysed for furthering the investigation. CTTC is trying to locate her associates after gleaning critical information about the organisation.
Over the past two decades West Bengal state of India has emerged as a safe haven for terrorist organisations of all sorts including Islamist and Hindu extremist outfits, Naxalites and separatist movements. Bangladeshi fugitives have also found shelter in the state due to the lax enforcement or carelessness of law enforcers there.
Recently the Rapid Action Battalion arrested Md Shahed (Shahed Karim) from close to the Indian border. He too was planning to live out his days in the safety of India. Bangladesh government has taken up the issue of Indian terrorists several times with the Indian government with little success due to lack of cooperation from West Bengal authorities.