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‘Kolkata tycoon’s abduction was planned in Bangladesh’

Bangladesh-based HuJI commander had a key role in the abduction of Kolkata-based business tycoon Partha Roy Burman, reports Bhupendra Pandey.
None | By Bhupendra Pandey, Lucknow
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2007 04:30 AM IST

Bangladesh-based Harkat ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI) commander Nizam-ur-Rehman had a key role in the abduction of Kolkata-based business tycoon Partha Roy Burman, investigators have learnt. Nizam’s brother, Aziz-ur-Rehman, said this to his interrogators from the IB, Kolkata Police and the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force.

Jalaluddin alias ‘Babu’ and Naushad, who were arrested by the Uttar Pradesh’s STF and Aziz-ur-rehman, Mohammad Ali Akbar and SK Mukhtar, caught in Kolkata, are being interrogated in police remand since last week. Babu and Naushad were sent to jail on Sunday. The others will be interrogated till Friday.

STF sources said Nizam-ur-Rehman conducts the HuJI operations from Bangladesh. They also revealed that Amir Raza Khan alias ‘Mutaqqi’ is the HuJI chief in Pakistan. His brother Asif Raza Khan, area commander of the organisation in India, was killed in an encounter on the Gujarat-Rajasthan border four years back.

Aziz said Nizam had a key role in kidnapping Partha Roy Burman, the owner of Khadim Shoes. Pakistan-based HuJI chief Amir Raza and Aftab Ansari (the main accused in attack on American Centre, Kolkata) planned the kidnapping.

Nizam arranged the hideout, where Burman was kept on the India-Bangladesh border till his family members paid the Rs 4 crore ransom, Aziz said.

Jalaluddin and others were given the money, vehicles and manpower to kidnap Burman.

Meanwhile, despite sustained interrogation, the investigators have not learnt details about the chain of the recent serial blasts in Delhi, Mumbai and Sankat Mochan temple of Varanasi.

Sources said all five HuJI members confessed delivery of the RDX to the places where the timer-devices were planted. But officials have not learnt the links who were delivered the explosives.

The accused maintained that Nizam sent the RDX consignment from Bangladesh. They also said Nizam visited Kolkata before the blasts.

Meanwhile, an STF team recovered 2 kg of explosives, detonators and grenades from a dilapidated house in Lucknow’s Mohanlalganj area. The recovery was made on the basis of information give by Mukhtar, Mohammad Ali Akbar Hussain and Aziz-ur-rehman.

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