The intelligence wing of Odisha Police is in constant touch with the Kolkata Police's Special Task Force (STF) following the arrest of three suspected Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) operatives from Kolkata’s Haridevpur area on Sunday.
As per reports, the trio is suspected to have links with Odisha and a few more operatives of the banned terror group are believed to be hiding in the State.
A senior Odisha Intelligence official said that though exact links of the arrested JMB operatives with the sleeper cell suspects are yet to be ascertained, appropriate action will be taken if any such connection is established.
The three suspected JMB operatives identified as Naziur Rahman Pavel alias Joseph (30), Rabiul Islam (22) and Mikail Khan alias Sheikh Sabbir (30), were living in a rented house at MG Road in Kolkata, and were collecting funds for the organisation. They used to sell fruits and mosquito nets for a living, the Kolkata STF said.
Based on a tip-off, the Kolkata police conducted a raid at their house at around 2 pm on July 11 and rounded them up. The accused were later taken to the Police Headquarters in Lalbazar for interrogation.
Police has recovered mobile phones, some firearms, Indian identity cards, Bangladeshi passports, documents related to JMB and jehadi literature from their possession. A diary was also seized which had information about other JMB leaders staying in Bangladesh, said reports.
Sources said, at least 15 operatives of the banned terror outfit JMB have sneaked into West Bengal from the neighbouring country earlier this year and 10 of them moved to various parts of India including Jammu and Kashmir.
The remaining five stayed back in West Bengal of whom three were arrested from south Kolkata's Haridevpur area on Sunday, a Kolkata STF revealed.
The other two, who had stayed back in West Bengal have been identified as Sheikh Shakil and Salim Munshi. The STF has launched a manhunt to nab them. Shakil had reportedly helped the arrested JMB operatives in preparing fake Aadhaar cards which they had used to get accommodation on rent in Haridevpur.
During the interrogation of the three suspected JMB operatives, it was revealed that 10 JMB operatives have gone to Odisha, Bihar and Jammu and Kashmir, the officials added.
The JMB, which is behind the terror attack at a popular cafe in Dhaka in 2016 in which 22 people, including 17 foreigners, lost their lives is trying to spread its tentacles in India, the NIA had earlier said in 2019.