The NIA, in a joint operation with the Jharkhand police nabbed Rejaul Karim, an alleged operative of the banned Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) terror outfit believed to be in charge of transporting explosives to various places in Burdwan in West Bengal.
Karim, 27, on whom a cash reward of `5 lakh had been announced by the NIA, was arrested from Sahebganj where he was hiding since the blast took place in Burdwan on October 2.
He was working as a labourer under a Railway contractor and was hiding in Taljhari area of the district. “He was a regular visitor to the area but never stayed here for long,” said a senior police officer involved in the arrest.
He is also alleged to be a close associate of Kauser alia Bomaru Mizan and other main accused persons wanted in Burdwan blast case. “His interrogation is likely to throw fresh leads and evidence in the investigation of this case,” the official said. Police has recovered 39 bombs from Karim’s house in Burdwan after the blast last year.
Two suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorists were killed and a third injured when an explosion occurred in a house in the Khagragarh locality of Burdwan.
The NIA said that after the incident, injured accused Abdul Hakim had called up Rejaul for assistance and evacuation.