Update April 25, 2016

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No militant organization named IS in Bangladesh: Home Minister

Sumel Sarker

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No militant organization named IS in Bangladesh: Home Minister

25 April 2016, Nirapad News: Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan today categorically said that there is no militant organization named Islamic State (IS) in Bangladesh and also the local militants have no relation with IS.

“There is no existence of any militant organization named IS in the country and the home-grown terrorists have no relation with the IS,” he said in the Jatiya Sangsad, while replying to a supplementary question from treasury bench member Pankaj Devnath.

The minister said sometimes the home-grown militants are hatching conspiracy to create instability in the country, but members of the law enforcement agencies are arresting them through continuous drive across the country.

“The local arrested militants on interrogation have admitted to the law enforcement agencies that they have no link with the IS. We are arresting all sorts of militants as well as terrorists and foiling their conspiracies,” Asaduzzaman Khan told the House.

He said as the people of the country do not like militancy and terrorism, members of the law enforcement agencies are working to combat militancy and terrorism side by side with other criminal activities in the country.

The minister also informed the House that the law enforcement agencies have already detained two suspected persons on charge of murdering English Department Professor of Rajshahi University AFM Rezaul Karim Siddique. The investigation into the murder is underway, he added. .

Replying to another supplementary question from treasury bench member Fazilatun Nesa, Asaduzzaman Khan said that the government floated the counter terrorism unit to identify the terrorists and their crimes.

“We have also formed a cyber crime unit under the directive of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, as she has ordered to strictly follow zero tolerance against terrorism and militancy,” he said.

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