Bardhaman blast case: NIA nabs JMB suspect

A forensic expert examines the site of the blast at a house in Khagragarh, in Bardhaman district of West Bengal, on October 2, 2014, in which two suspected militants were killed. (file photo)  

The National Investigation Agency on Friday arrested a Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) suspect for his alleged role in the Bardhaman blast case.

The agency said technical investigations revealed that Zia-ul-Haque was closely associated with top JMB commanders including the absconding Bangladeshi JMB commander Sajid and Sakib.

“The NIA has arrested one Zia-ul-Haque, who belongs to Malda in West Bengal, for his role in the blast case. He is a close associate of two of the absconding accused, Rizaul Karim and Yusuf Sheikh. He had been staying at Masjid Talha in Bardhaman,” said an NIA release.

According to the agency, accused Zia-ul-Haque was part of “Jihadi training module” and he operated as a motivator. “He used to facilitate the training module by collecting videos related to the riots in Gujarat and Assam, besides the killing of Rohingyas [Myanmar]. These video clips were then shown to the trainees at Simullia and Mukhimnagar madrassas,” the NIA release said.

An NIA team also conducted raid at the residence of the accused and seized a laptop. “It was reportedly handed over to him by Rizaul Karim after the Bardhaman blast,” it added.

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