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Md Joynal Abedin Khan  :
After the killing of alleged mastermind of Neo JMB leader Nurul Islam Marzan in a recent 'gunfight' with the cops, some influential leaders led by Mainul Islam alias Sumon are trying to establish a 'Post Marzan Neo JMB regime' in the country, Detective source said.
At least 12 JMB men have already been appointed to different posts to overcome the leadership crisis as per the pre-instruction of the slain militant leaders, they said.
Several teams of the intelligence agencies are trying to arrest the notorious militants at any cost to take the control over the militancy across the country, claimed the detective personnel.
In this context, the detective have already raided at least 20 possible militant dens in the city and other districts and they expected the fugitive  masterminds will be arrested soon, they added.
Of the wanted militants, Mainul Islam alias Musa, Engineer Basharuzzman alias Chocolate Bashar, Shohel Mahfuz alias Hat Kata Shohel, Ujjal, Sagor and Firoj, have already been taken the charge to establish a post Marzan platform for the new JMB members, said a Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit official.
Besides, Senior Mizan and Junior Mizan, who were blamed for providing arms to attack Gulshan Holey Artisan, took the duty of the operational units of the new JMB, he said.
Marzan, who allegedly organised the Gulshan café attack, was next in the rank to Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury, the top "Neo JMB" coordinator killed in a police raid in August in Narayanganj.
When asked who might lead the group after the death of Marzan, the CTTC Unit Chief Monirul Islam said it could be Mainul Islam alias Musa.
Musa has become a key leader of "Neo JMB" following the killing of its top leaders, including Tamim, Major (retd) Jahid and Tanvir Kaderi, in separate operations in the capital and Narayanganj, he said.
We are conducting raids in the city and its adjacent districts following information that the militants are staying in the areas, he said.
Some investigators, however, say it is also possible that Hasidur Rahman Sagor, brother-in-law of Marzan, would take the helm of the group, a faction of banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
Once a member of the mainstream JMB, Sagor has a bomb-making expertise. He had good relations with JMB's executed leader Siddikul Islam Bangla Bhai.
According to investigators, Sagor was recruited to the faction Neo JMB. He made grenades using the detonator and explosives sent by Mahfuz from India, police said.
 "To nab Musa and Sagor, we are conducting drives in different areas," said Abdul Mannan, Additional Deputy Commissioner of the CTTC unit.
Another CTTC unit official said, mid-level leader Basharuzzaman and trainer Jahangir alias Rajib Gandhi would play the lead roles while Musa is possibly getting the charge of operations.
Bashar, who escaped arrest during the Azimpur raid in September last, has huge knowledge in information technology and he used to collect funds from different financiers as per the directives of Marzan.
 "Rajib, 35, from Gaibandha district, was involved in over 30 secret killings and terrorist attacks in northern and south-western regions. He is thought to be one of organisers of the Gulshan and Sholakia attacks. He sent two militants from Bogra to take part in the Gulshan attack and another from Dinajpur for Sholakia," another CTTC official said.
 "We are trying to find out the new militant dens from the city and other parts of the country where at least 12 wanted militants might have stayed to avert the arrest," said Muhibul Haque, Deputy Commissioner of the CTTC unit.
He claimed that the fugitive militants were trying to collect new members. They would then misguide them in their new hideouts.  
They influential JMB leaders generally take shelter by hiding their names and identities during renting any house for living, the DC said.
The Detective sources said, the banned ABT's coordinator and military commander sacked major Syed Ziaul Haq alias Zia, neo-JMB coordinator Mainul Islam alias Abu Musa and Basharuzzman alias Chocolate, had been asked to collect new members and trained them after the killing of Marzan.   
Meanwhile, the fugitive militants Khalid, Ripon and Zunayed have already fled to India and prescribed their followers by using high technology, according to them
In Friday night's "gunfight" with police in Mohammadpur Beribandh area,  Nurul Islam Marzan, 22, was killed along with his associate Saddam, who led the group's activities in northern region.

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