Detained JMB leader Abu Sayeed was Bangla Bhai accomplice, say police

The information regarding Sayeed, who was arrested in Bogra’s Nandigram, was revealed by Additional DIG and acting Bogra superintendent of police Md Asaduzzaman at a media briefing on Saturday.

Sayeed became the JMB chief in Naogaon district in 2005 and was involved in the 2005 nationwide simultaneous bombing attacks, Asaduzzaman told the media.

Two years later, he fled to India and in 2009, married ‘Khadijah’, the daughter of JMB member ‘Eyadul’ in Murshidabad and resumed his militant activities.

Sayeed, who goes by several names including Ahmed Karim, Tayyeb, Talha, Shyamol, Hossein, Sajid, Danger, Shakil, Mokhles and Shafiq, was arrested in possession of weapons in Nandigram’s Omarpur Bazar around 1am on Saturday.

Sayeed has been named in a case over a 2014 bombing at Bardhaman’s Khagrhagarh in West Bengal, police said.

Who is ‘Sayeed alias Talha’?

>>Md Abu Sayeed aka Karim aka Shyamol Sheikh is the son of Shahidullah Sheikh from Chandpur in Kushtia’s Srikol.

>>In 2002, he joined JMB and began recruitment in northern Bangladesh.

>>In 2004, he became the military chief of the banned organisation’s Rajshahi district branch.

>>Sayeed was involved with the militant activities of executed leaders Siddiqur Rahman Bangla Bhai and Shaykh Abdur Rahman in Rajshahi’s Baghmara in 2004.

>>He detonated four explosives in Naogaon as part of a nationwide synchronised bomb attacks on Aug 17, 2005 after becoming the Naogaon JMB chief.

>>Sayeed fled to India in 2007 after receiving a death sentence over the crime under the Special Powers Act.

>>He resumed militant activities in West Bengal’s Murshidabad district in 2009 after marrying Khadijah, the daughter of JMB member Eyadul.

>>He was appointed the JMB leader of India’s Nadia district in 2010.

>>In 2012, Sayeed also took control of the JMB group’s in West Bengal’s Birbhum and Bardhaman districts.

>>In 2014, he was accused in a police case of involvement in the Oct 2 bomb explosion at Khagrhagarh.

He fled back to Bangladesh after India’s National Investigation Agency offered Rs 1 million reward for information leading to his capture.

>>In 2015, he joined ‘neo-JMB’.

>>Sayeed was picked as the military chief for the southern Bangladesh region at the start of 2017 due to his organisational skills.