Raids on in WB, J’khand following key JMB man’s arrest
NIA and other security agencies are carrying out raids in various parts of West Bengal and Jharkhand based on inputs provided by Tarikul Islam alias Sadiq, a chargesheeted accused in Burdhwan blast case, who was arrested last night.
Islam, who is alleged to be an active member of banned Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) terror group, is believed to have given leads to NIA prompting the probe agency to carry out raids at various places in the two states, official sources said on Wednesday.
So far, some cards used in mobile phones and laptops to store data have been recovered at the instance of Islam who has since been taken on a transit remand to Kolkata where he will be produced before the designated NIA court on Thursday, the sources said.
Islam, who was arrested from Ramgarh district of Jharkhand by a team of NIA and Anti-Terror Squad of Jharkhand police, carried a cash reward of Rs five lakh as he is alleged to be an important member of ‘Shoora’, the decision-making body of JMB.
NIA has already chargesheeted him for his alleged role in the Burdwan blast which occurred in a house on October 2 last year, leaving two persons dead.
During investigation of the case, NIA claimed that Islam was a part of larger conspiracy of JMB to organise terror attacks in Bangladesh and in India and had been frequently entering India illegally, at different times since the year 2008-2009. He is also alleged to have obtained false identity documents on assumed Indian identities, by submitting forged documents, after which he married an Indian girl from Sahebganj, Jharkhand.
The marriage was solemnised at Simulia madrasa in Burdwan, West Bengal where the terrorist training camps were organised by JMB.
He had been quietly residing at Village Islampur of Sahebganj district under an assumed identity of Raihan Shaikh.
Earlier he had also resided at a hideout in Village Namo Chachanda of West Bengal.
NIA also alleged that the probe showed that Islam, along with other accused, was an active member of JMB who attended terrorist training camp organised by senior members of the terror group.
NIA took over the case from West Bengal police a few days after the explosion when international links started emerging. Investigators have found that improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were being fabricated in the house where the explosion took place and later smuggled to Bangladesh.
NIA has so far found that members of JMB has established a network in different places like Murshidabad, Nadia, Malda, Birbhum, Burdwan in West Bengal and Barpetta in Assam, Sahibganj and Pakur in Jharkhand.