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Chemical used in IED at rail track identified

Hoda met Sheik once in Malaysia, multiple times in Dubai and on two occasions in Pakistan. Sheikh had promised him huge money. Hoda has told interrogators that he was not sure whether Sheikh was working for the ISI.

While Hoda admitted to know about the conspiracy to plant explosives at Ghorasan and another one at Nakardehi in Bihar (a low intensity explosion which did not inflict any damage), he has told an NIA team that he was unaware of any such plan to target railway tracks near Kanpur on November 20, 2016 where more than 140 people were killed in a train derailment and at Kuneru in Andhra Pradesh where 40 people were killed in another derailment in January this year.

One of the three accused arrested by the Bihar police in January had said that they had planted the bomb at Ghorasan at ISI’s instance and also at Kanpur, prompting the Home Ministry to transfer the probe to NIA, after Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu shot off a letter to Home Minister Rajnath Singh alleging sabotage in at least six train accidents.

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