GUWAHATI: Sahanur Alam, an accused in the Burdwan blast case, has been arrested, Assam police said here on Saturday. Fugitive Jamat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) man was arrested on Friday from Larkuchi in Assam’s Nalbari district. Sahanur was produced before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kamrup, which sent him to 14 days’ police custody on Saturday.
However, refuting the police claim, Sahanur told reporters outside the court that he was not arrested but had surrendered before the police. In fact, Mujibor Rahman, a friend of Sahanur, claimed that Sahanur had surrendered before the police. He claimed that the arrest was made from his house after he had tipped off the police.
However, Assam DGP Khagen Sarma countered this claim. “We arrested Sahanur from Larkuchi based on intelligence inputs. The arrest was not made from any house,” Sarma told reporters.
The NIA, probing the accidental blast case, had earlier announced a cash reward of `5 lakh for information leading to Sahanur’s arrest. Sarma said Sahanur’s job was primarily to motivate people in Assam.
Sahanur had gone underground along with his wife and two children ever since the arrest of seven people from his village Chatala in Barpeta district in September.
His wife, Sujena Begum, whom the JMB entrusted with the task of motivating people in Assam, was arrested last month from Guwahati.