NIA Arrests One More in Burdwan Blast Case

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(from left to right) The mothers of Borhan Sheikh, Yousuf Sheikh and Kader Shaikh wait for their sons, all of them accused who are now absconding.
(from left to right) The mothers of Borhan Sheikh, Yousuf Sheikh and Kader Shaikh wait for their sons, who have been missing after blasts in the Burdwan district of West Bengal

NEW DELHI  — India’s National Intelligence Agency Friday arrested one more person in connection with Burdwan blast for allegedly indoctrinating youth for training by showing ‘Jihadi’ videos related to Gujarat and Assam violence, reported Press Trust of India.

Zia-ul-Haque, a resident of Naida in West Bengal, was arrested from Masjid Talha in Khagragarh of Burdwan district where he was hiding and was traced by NIA with the help of central security agencies.

According to NIA spokesperson, Haque, a resident of 16 Mile, Old Gurutolla, Kaaliachak police station of Naida, was a close associate of absconding accused persons Rezaul Karim and Yusuf Sheikh alias Moulana Yusuf. While Karim has a reward of Rs three lakh, Sheikh carries a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head.

During investigation, it was found that the accused was part of a Jihadi training module where he was a key motivator for trainees in the jihadi ideology.

He used to facilitate the training module by collecting Jihadi videos related to Gujarat and Assam riots and killing of Rohingya Muslims.

These video clips were then shown to the trainees at Simullia and Mukhimnagar Madrassas, NIA alleged.

The investigation into the role of Zia-ul-Haque showed that he was also closely associated with top Jamaat-ul- Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) commanders including absconding commander Sajid for whose arrest a cash reward Rs 10 lakh has been announced by NIA.

The NIA team also conducted a raid at his house in Naida and recovered a laptop which is alleged to have been handed over to Haque by Karim after the Burdwan blast on October two.

A forensic analysis of the laptop is on to find out information that may have been deleted, the NIA said.

On October two, the blast had taken place inside a house at Khagragarh in which one person Shakil Ahmed died on the spot and another person Sovan Mandal died in hospital. Both were suspected to have terror links.

Another person – Hasan Saheb – who was also injured in the blast gave some information which led to the arrest of six people in Assam. However, only two women including the wife of one of the dead man was useful in giving some sketchy information about the blast conspiracy.

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