Patna blasts case: NIA detains another suspect

The National Investigation Agency detained a person named Mohammad Aftab Ansari in connection with Patna blasts case.

Updated: Oct 31, 2013, 12:57 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday detained a person named Mohammad Afzal at Delhi airport in connection with Patna blasts case.

Mohd Afzal, a kin of another blast suspect Ujjair Ahmad, had come to the airport to see off his wife when he was detained by security agencies and taken for questioning, sources said today.

National Investigation Agency (NIA) sleuths had yesterday arrested Ujjair Ahmad in connection with the blasts case besides an associate of suspected Indian Mujahideen member, Imtiaz Ansari, who is accused of triggering Sunday`s first blast at the Patna railway station.

Tipped off by the Patna Police and the NIA, the associate Arshad Ahmad was picked by the local police from Alauli village in Bihar`s East Champaran district.

Two other suspects, identified as Tausim and Imtiaz Ansari, were arrested soon after the bomb blasts in the Bihar capital on Sunday.

Director General of Police Rajeev Kumar had said that six persons were detained for interrogation in connection with the serial blasts set off at and near the Gandhi Maidan ahead of the rally addressed later by BJP`s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
A bomb exploded on platform No 10 on Sunday morning, ahead of the rally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which was, hours later, addressed by the party`s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi.

The first of the blasts ripped through a toilet around 10 am at the railway station in the heart of the city, killing one person and wounding another.

After an hour, by which time Modi had reached Patna but was not yet at Gandhi Maidan, the venue of the rally, four explosions occurred inside the maidan. Two bombs exploded in the vicinity of the maidan, spreading panic.

Six people were killed and 83 others injured as seven bombs exploded in Patna on October 27.

(With Agency inputs)