Burdwan blast: NIA nabs absconding Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen militant Rejaul Karim
In yet another breakthrough, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday nabbed Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) militant Rejaul Karim, a key accused in the October 2 Burdwan blast in West Bengal.
Kolkata: In yet another breakthrough, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday nabbed Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) militant Rejaul Karim, a key accused in the October 2 Burdwan blast in West Bengal.
Karim, against whom a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh was announced by the NIA, was arrested from Jharkhand's Sahibganj district.
"Karim who used to stay in Badshahi Road in Burdwan is an active member of JMB and was engaged in manufacturing and transport of bombs to different locations. Since the time of incident, he has been absconding to evade arrest," a NIA officer said.
The accidental blast took place inside a house in Khagragarh in Burdwan killing two JMB militants and injuring another. Several people, mostly Bangladeshi nationals, have been arrested from India and Bangladesh in connection with the blast.
Days after the blast, 39 bombs were recovered from Karim's house in Burdwan.
"After the Oct 2 incident, the injured accused Abdul Hakim had called up Rejaul Karim for providing assistance and evacuation. His interrogation is likely to throw fresh leads and evidence in the investigation of this case," added the NIA officer.
In November last year, NIA had nabbed Zia-ul-Haque, the key conspirator and a close aide of JMB commander Sajid who was also latter arrested by the West Bengal police. The NIA, which is probing the blast case had released photographs of the 12 suspects and announced a cash award of Rs 5 lakh on Shahnur Alom.
Earlier several arrests of Indian and Bangaldeshi nationals were made in the case from West Bengal and Assam exposing a network of terrorists and modules to cause terror strikes in Bangladesh and target its prime minister Sheikh Hasina.
(With Agency inputs)