Guwahati: Security forces have arrested a key operative of the Bangladesh-based terrorist organisation Jamaat ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from Kerala.

According to reports, the special task force of the Kolkata Police arrested Abdul Matin from Kerala’s Mallapuram area on Thursday.

Matin hails from Assam’s Barpeta district and had joined the terrorist outfit in 2010 while studying at a madrasa in Bengal. He had received training in making improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and was involved in the making of IEDs.

Matin had escaped from Bengal after an IED went off on the first floor of a rented house at Khagragarh area in Bengal's Burdwan town on October 2, 2014, resulting in two suspected JMB terrorists being killed.

Following the Burdwan blast, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested several JMB terrorists from Bengal, Assam and other parts of the country.

Assam DGP Kuladhar Saikia said on Saturday that the Assam police have already sent a team to Kolkata to interrogate the arrested JMB operative.

“Following clues from the Burdwan blast, we had arrested people from Assam’s Barpeta area. At that time, we are looking for a person named Abdul Matin and now he has been caught in Kerala with the help of different agencies and was brought to Kolkata. We will take him in our custody,” Saikia said.

The Assam DGP added that militant organisations are looking to recruit people from the state and the police hace arrested a number of people who have tried to join the terrorist ranks. Linkmen of the terror outfits have also been nabbed.  

“Operations are going on in Upper Assam and along inter-state boundaries,” Saikia said.