'SIMI planned to blow up Howrah bridge'

JALGAON MARCH 29 . An activist of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) from Bihar had planned to blow up the Howrah bridge in Kolkata, a senior police official said.

"It was revealed during interrogation that Hasib Raja, one of the prime members of the SIMI's central advisory committee, was the brain behind the operation," the city police chief, Kulvant Kumar, said. Raja was arrested on March 18 in Kolkata by a special police squad and 500 gms of RDX was seized from him.

It was with this RDX that Raja planned to blow up the Howrah bridge but his plan was foiled, Mr. Kumar said.

Raja was remanded to police custody by a local court till March 30.


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