The National Investigation Agency (NIA) will probe the alleged attempt to blow up the Raxaul-Sitamarhi rail track near Ghorasahan in Bihar’s East Champaran district. The agency will also probe if some of the accused arrested in the Ghorasahan case were also involved in the Indore-Patna Express derailment, which killed 148 people near Kanpur on November 20.
The central agency established to combat terror in India has registered a fresh case in the matter.
Acting public relations officer of NIA, Ankur Garg, told HT over phone that a team of the central probe agency, comprising inspector general Manoj Shukla and deputy inspector general Prashant Kumar, was camping at Motihari, headquarters of East Champaran district, since January 27 to investigate the Ghorasahan incident.
Top police officers said the state government had asked the Raxaul GRP to hand over the case to the NIA after the Centre’s notification to it specified that all big cases being probed under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), besides terror-related offences, should be investigated by the NIA.
On Friday, three arrested accused — Moti Paswan, Umashankar Patel and Mukesh Yadav —were brought to Patna and produced before the designated NIA court, which sent them to Beur central jail in the state capital under judicial custody till February 17.
So far six terror suspects have been arrested, including three in Nepal, after a message intercept following the train mishap near Kanpur. The message led the sleuths on the trail of the terror suspects.
NIA sources said a case had been registered against nine persons, including Brajkishore Giri of Bara (Nepal), Ashish Singh Kurmi alias Sujit, Dubai-based Nepal citizen and suspected agent of Pakistan’s ISI Shamshul Huda, his relative Mujahir Ansari, Umashankar Patel, Mukesh Yadav, Gajendra Sharma, Rakesh Yadav, Deepak Ram and Arun Ram.
Deepak and Arun were killed when they failed to blow up the rail track at Ghorasahan after receiving payment for the job.
A video of their execution was posted to Hoda and both the bodies were recovered from Nepal on December 28, 2016.
While Sharma, Rakesh Yadav, Giri’s brother-in-law Shambhu alias ‘Laddu’ are still at large, Giri, Ansari and Sujeet are currently lodged in Nepal jail in connection with the murder of Deepak and Arun.
During interrogation, one Mintu Paswan, arrested in connection with the Ghorasahan case, had admitted to having received Rs 50,000 for carrying out another operation in Kanpur. It was his revelation that unravelled the entire plot.