Maharashtra ATS arrests three linked to Bangladeshi terror outfit

Maharashtra ATS arrests three linked to Bangladeshi terror outfit
In a major breakthrough, the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of the Maharashtra police busted a network that helped members of Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), a banned terror outfit of Bangladesh.  ABT is considered to be a front organisation of Al-Qaeda.

The ATS, which was keeping a tab on the illegal foreign migrants, came to know of people linked to the ABT staying in and around Pune. 

The police raided a few places in Wanvadi and Akurdi areas of Pune and arrested three persons who were linked to ABT and had been helping ABT members during their stay in Pune.  While two of the accused, aged 31 and 25, are residents of SataniPushkali of Khulna district of Bangladesh, another 25-year-old hails from Birajikundi from Shariyatpur.

"Preliminary information revealed that they were Bangladeshi nationals and staying illegally without valid travel documents," an ATS official said.  "Detailed investigations were in progress," the officials said. 

It may be recalled, ABT members in the past have been arrested from Kolkata and other places of West Bengal.  The Ansarullah Bangla Team or ABT also called Ansar Bangla is an Islamic extremist organization in Bangladesh, implicated in crimes including some brutal attacks and murders of atheist bloggers from 2013 to 2015 and a bank heist in April 2015. 

A case has been registered under section 19, 20 The Unlawful Activities (Prevention)Act, 1967 revised in 2008, Section 465, 467, 468, 471 IPC and sections 3,6 Passport( Entry Into India) Rules 1955   read with   Para 3(1) Foreigners Order 1948 read with   section 14 Foreigners Act 1946.

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