On Friday night, BSF jawans arrested a youth on suspicion of being a militant from Jalangi in Murshidabad. Al-Qaeda militant Al Mamun Kamal, who was recently arrested from Murshidabad, is said to have had close contacts with him.

The name of the arrested youth is Samim Ansari. He is a resident of Naodapara area of Jalangi. Border guards raided his home on September 25 night. Samim is 25 years old and is a mason by profession.

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According to sources, Samim worked in Kerala for at least two years. Returning to Jalangi a year ago, he resided with his wife and family.

A BSF source said that he was introduced to al-Qaeda militant Al Mamun Kamal shortly after his arrival in Jalangi. Both of them became close to each other. A few days ago, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested six people from different areas adjacent to Domkal-Jalangi in Murshidabad. Allegedly, all of them are members of the international militant group Al Qaeda. Al Mamun Kamal is one of the arrested youths.

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The NIA said, “The arrested six people were members of a specific WhatsApp group. All kinds of terrorist plans were done in the group. As soon as the planning was done, they would delete the conversation. We are looking for the other militants who are spread in different parts of West Bengal as well as other states.”

The BSF has not officially commented on the arrest of Samim. Meanwhile, Samim's family and neighbours are shocked by the incident. Neighbours said that they could not have imagined that Samim might have joined the militants. Samim’s mother complained that the BSF had abducted him without informing the family. At first, the family did not realize who had taken away Samim from home.