Barely two days after Bidhannagar police arrested Sheikh Rehmatullah alias Sajid for his role in the Burdwan blast case, another accused Amjad Sheikh was arrested by National Investigation Agency (NIA) sleuths on Monday from Birbhum.
Burdwan blast took place on October 2, killing two and exposing a wide terror network built on the soil of Bengal mostly by infiltrators from Bangladesh. With Amjad Sheikh the total number o arrests in this case went up to seven.
“He was instrumental in procuring explosive chemicals and providing these to other co-conspirators for making IEDs. Soon after the blasts, NIA had raided his Kolkata house and recovered receipts and vouchers related to purchase of chemicals which were used in making the IEDs,” said an NIA statement.
Amjad Sheikh, who was described by NIA as a key member of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, Bangladesh (JMB) carried a reward of Rs.10 lakh that was declared by NIA.
Significantly, Sheikh was even provided shelter by a policeman in Uttar Pradesh. “After the blast, Amjad absconded and visited New Delhi on October 8 and from there he went to Basti in UP where he was provided shelter for few days by a police personnel. Ultimately, he went back to West Bengal from where he was arrested today,” read the NIA statement.
NIA officials also revealed Amjad Sheikh is the son of Sukur Sheikh, is aged about 30 years. He used to live at Kazi market, Kirnahar of Birbhum district.
Amjad Sheikh was deeply associated with the top JMB commanders running Jehadi training modules in two madrasas in West Bengal.
Incidentally, this is the second success in quick succession after the arrest of Sajid.
“Sajid is believed to be the mastermind of Burdwan module in West Bengal and the NIA had announced a reward of Rs 10 lkah for anyone who would give information about his whereabouts,” a senior officer of Bidhannagar City Police told HT.
The anti-terrorism squad that arrested Sajid also seized fake Indian currency with face value of about R 1 lakh was seized from Sajid’s possession.
Sajid was a Bangladesh national. He hailed from Narayanganj in Bangladesh; in India he used to live in Mukimnagar, Lalgola in Murshidabad.
NIA searched an unrecognised madrasa in this area that was allegedly being used to impart jihadi training.
“Sajid a resident of Narayanganj in Bangladesh was heading the Burdwan module. The NIA also mentioned this. We have found that Sajid is a senior Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen leader and central committee member of majlish-e-surah of Bangladesh,” Rajeev Kumar, commissioner of Bidhannagar City police said.