Bardhaman Blast Case Other States

Bardhaman blast accused Shahnoor Alam sent to police custody

The Assam Police on Friday arrested a key Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen of Bangladesh (JMB) activist, Sahanur Alam (32) alias ‘doctor’ and a key suspect in the Bardhaman blast case, from Larkuchi village under Mukalmua police station in lower Assam’s Nalbari district.

Senior JMB leaders from Bangladesh reportedly had visited the village earlier this year to motivate local people for jihadi activities. The NIA, probing the Bardhaman blast case, had announced a reward of Rs. 5 lakh on information leading to Sahanur’s arrest.

Director-General of Police Khagen Sarma told journalists here on Saturday that the Special Operation Unit of the Assam Police was on the trail of Sahanur as they had information that he had not crossed over to Bangladesh, though he slipped out of the police dragnet earlier and had been frequently changing his hiding places along the border.

Director-General of Police Khagen Sarma said on Saturday that though Sahanur had not gone to Bangladesh for any operational training and he was not an expert in using arms, he was “very important as a motivator.”

“JMB’s operational training takes place in Bangladesh and parts of West Bengal but in Assam no operational training has been imparted so far. However, the JMB has been imparting motivational training to some people in Assam. We have taken it seriously and we are not complacent because once the jihadi elements succeed in creating small modules, militants from outside can come use the module to trigger violence in the state,” the DGP said.

Mr. Sarma said jihadi elements had been taking cover of some madrasas to motivate people but no madrasa in Assam was found to be used for such activities.

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