Meherpur: Two women have surrendered along with two children from a suspected militant den at village Bamondi under Gangni upazila in Meherpur district.
The women--Rajani Khatun, 25, wife of Abbas Ali of village Bhabanipur under Gangni upazila and her mother Mariam Khatun, 45, wife of Barkat Ali of village Shiala under Doulatpur upazila in Kushtia district, along with her (Rajani) two daughters, were arrested by police at about 11:45 am on Saturday after their came out of the suspected militant den.
Instantly, they were picked up on a white microbus along with two children from in front of the house and taken to an unknown destination.
Afterward, a large contingent of police led by Meherpur police super Anisur Rahman entered the two-storeyed house at about 12:00 noon and carried out extensive searches. However, they did not find anything else inside the house. Later, police formally announced conclusion of their drive.
Police Super Anisur Rahman said they had information that the movement of inmates of the house was suspicious. The house is situated near Bamondi Sugarcane Purchasing Centre and secondary school on the Meherpur-Kushtia highway.
However, it is now being assumed that police had raided the house and arrested two women based on wrong information.
Witnesses said police went near the house in the darkness on early Saturday morning and cordoned off the house owned by one Meskat Ali.
Using the microphones, police called upon the inmates to some out of the house and surrender to them. At one stage, two women along with two children on their laps came out of the house and police arrested them instantly. They were later taken into police custody.
The police raid into the house has created widespread panic among the villagers about the suspicious presence of militants in their village.
Expressing anonimity, villagers said police raided the house based on wrong information as nothing was found in the house.
They said that police also did not find any links of the arrested women with militancy. Rather, police arrested and harassed two innocent women based on wrong information.
Locals said owner of the house Meshkat Ali has been living in Saudi Arabia for about 14 years. His wife died about two years ago. At present, her college student son Hasibul Islam looks after the house. He is a first year graduate student.
Following the drive, police super Anisur Rahman claimed that they got information about the suspicious movement of women into the house several days ago. So, police surrounded the house early Saturday morning and launched the drive after 10:30am.
He said two arrested women and house owner's son Hasibul Islam were taken to the Meherpur district police super's office for questioning. Legal action would be taken after ascertaining whether they were militants or not, he said.