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8 NGO employees held over ‘militant link’

WT24 Desk

Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) Unit of  Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) arrested  eight employees of an NGO from its  Mirpur DOHS office in the city’s Pallabi on Wednesday night for their suspected link to banned militant outfit Ansar-al-Islam, UNB reports.

They also recovered Tk 14 lakh, one laptop, eight CPUs and 10 mobile phone sets  from their possessions.

The arrestees are Safwanur Rahman, 34, Sultan Mahmud, 25, Md Nazrul Islam, 38, Md Abu Taher, 36, Md Ilias Mridha, 30, Mdashraful Alam, 24, Hasnaine, 30, and Md Kamrul, 28

DMP Deputy Commissioner (Media) Masudur Rahman said the arrested employees of Small Kindness Bangladesh (SKB) had involvement in the activities of banned militant outfit Ansar-al-Islam.

“They were involved in distributing  money for militant activities at Rohingya camps in  Cox’s Bazar under cover of humanitarian activities and they were also involved in spreading extremism in the camps,” he said.

The activities of the NGO was banned by the NGO Bureau in August  for having link to financing militant activities  as well as conducting anti-state activities,  he said.

The SKB used to collect fund from various Islamic organizations  from various countries, including Pakistan, Turkey, Philippine, Canada, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia. Besides,  it also used to collect money from  various individuals both from home and abroad in the name of donation, he said quoting a CTTC officer.

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