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West Bengal: Another JMB suspect in January 19 Bodh Gaya blast nabbed

The accused Jamatul Mujahideen Bangladesh operative is suspected to be involved in the building of the low-intensity bombs that went off during Dalai Lama’s visit to Bodh Gaya on January 19.

Published: 23rd February 2018 06:27 PM  |   Last Updated: 23rd February 2018 06:27 PM   |  A+A-

Police personnel stand guard near the premises of Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya on Saturday. PTI Photo

Express News Service

KOLKATA: Another suspected Jamatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) operative suspected to be involved in the January 19 Bodh Gaya blasts during presence of Dalai Lama was nabbed by Kolkata Police Special Task Force (STF) from Dhuliyan in Murshidabad district of West Bengal on Friday.

Accused Noor Mohammad is suspected to be involved in the building of the low-intensity bombs that went off during Dalai Lama’s visit to Bodh Gaya on January 19. He has been produced in the court which ordered police custody of the accused.

Four more JMB operatives — Azhar Hossain, Paigambar Sheikh, Jamirul Sheikh and Shish Mohammad — suspected to be involved in the blasts have been arrested from different parts of West Bengal this month.

Accused Jamirul Sheikh and Paigambar Sheikh had revealed to the investigators that JMB had planned to carry out eight serial bomb blasts in the presence of Dalai Lama to avenge the atrocities committed on Rohingyas in Buddhist-dominated Myanmar. They also revealed that the Bangladesh-based outfit has developed contacts with Rohingya outfit Aqa Mul Mujahideen (AMM) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) to seek revenge of the Rohingya genocide.

They also revealed that JMB elected Salahuddin Ahmed alias Salahuddin Salein as the outfit’s chief and Jahidul Islam alias Boma Mizan as his deputy and have formed eight modules, each consisting 10-12 members in Murshidabad and Bihar.

The top JMB leadership accused in the Burdwan blast was arrested from different parts of the Indo-Bangladesh border in September 2016.

Indian passports, cellphones, laptops, electrical tapes, wires and switches, gloves and over 50 kg of ammonium nitrate were recovered from the possession of Jamirul and Paigambar. More than 200 kg ammonium nitrate, 50 detonators, timers, sockets and tiffin boxes were recovered during a subsequent raid in Dhuliyan.

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