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Bihar mine blast: JMB man held in Kolkata

  • Published at 02:02 pm June 12th, 2018
  • Last updated at 02:17 pm June 12th, 2018
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A Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata police arrested Hazibulla, a member of the banned militant outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), from Bandel Railway Station in West Bengal's Hooghly district on Sunday night

Kolkata police have arrested a Bangladeshi man, one of the key accused of the Bodh Gaya blast in Bihar which occurred during the Dalai Lama's India visit earlier this year, reports Indian media. 

A Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata police arrested Hazibulla, a member of the banned militant outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), from Bandel Railway Station in West Bengal's Hooghly district on Sunday night, writes Zee News.

The 57-year-old, Hazibulla, is a resident of Samserganj of Murshidabad district, said Kolkata police adding that the accused had helped procuring explosives that were used by the JMB cadre in the Bodh Gaya mines.

On January 19, during the Dalai Lama's visit, a blast took place at the Kalchakra ground in Bodh Gaya, writes Zee News.

Police arrested Paigambar and Jamirul, from Murshidabad and Darjeeling, respectively, with a large supply of explosives and other equipment, the news outlet adds. 

Sources at the STF said Hazibulla was also present with the main accused during the blast. After the blast, he reportedly took refuge in Hooghly and worked surreptitiously as a recruitment agent for JMB in the district. 

Acting on a tip-off from another Bangladeshi man, Noor Alam, who had been recently arrested in the case, police arrested Hazibulla who was presented at a court in the district on Monday.

He was reportedly sent to police custody for 14 days and has been charged with: section 120B (criminal conspiracy), 121 (waging war), 121A (conspiracy to wage war), and 123 (concealing with intent to facilitate design to wage war) of the Indian Penal Code— and relevant sections of the country’s Explosive Act.