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The police on Thursday lodged an FIR against the Indian Mujahideen (IM) terror outfit and its suspected operatives in connection with the serial bomb blasts in Patna in October.
Through the FIR, registered at the Gandhi Maidan Police Station, the police intend to seek the custody of IM operatives, including jailed Yasin Bhatkal who was arrested from Raxaul near Motihari in East Champaran district on Indo-Nepal border a few months ago.
"This FIR is a move to inquire into the much-hyped Darbhanga and Madhubani modules of the IM and to interrogate Bhatkal," a police officer said on the condition of anonymity.
The police had arrested suspected IM operative Mohammad Imtiaz Ansari from Patna railway junction immediately after a bomb exploded on a platform.
His questioning had given Patna police leads about IM operatives with connections to two other suspects—Tehseen Akhtar and Haider Ali.
The case was lodged on the heels of home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde expressing concern over IM modules using borders with Nepal for infiltration into India and over their suspected role in the Bodh Gaya blast of July 7 and Patna serial blasts before and during BJP’s Hunkaar (battle cry) rally on October 27 last.
At least seven people, including a suspected bomber, were killed and nearly 80 injured in the blasts.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is investigating both cases, among others across India. Security experts probing these blasts suspect the hand of IM modules based in Raipur in Chhattisgarh and Ranchi in Jharkhand.
Last Sunday, the NIA had released sketches and details of five people wanted for their involvement in the Oct 27 serial bomb blasts in Patna and the July 7 Bodh Gaya blasts in Bihar, and sought the help of the general public in nabbing them.
The NIA in a press release on its official website, said that the five absconding suspects -- Tahseen Akhtar alias Monu, Haider Ali alias Abdullah, Numan Ansari, Taufeeq Ansari and Mojibullah -- were wanted.