One of the first suspects to be detained after the Patna blasts, Ojair has not been named an accused

Ojair Ahmed who was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for alleged links with the Indian Mujahideen (IM) is purportedly emerging as a key member of the terror outfit’s module that is suspected to have carried out serial blasts in both Patna and Bodh Gaya.

At the instance of his handlers, Ojair had allegedly been funding the module’s operations.

Investigators believe that Ojair, 35, is the senior-most member of the Ranchi module that was busted following the Patna explosions. During interrogation, he purportedly confessed to having funded the module and said he had been in touch with some of its members over the past few months.

“Whether he was directly involved in the conspiracies is yet to be established. The accused had, on several occasions, supplied funds to the module members. We suspect this was used to procure raw materials for the improvised explosive devices used in the recent terror strikes,” a senior NIA official said. The module members were also in touch with their handlers in Pakistan.