In a major breakthrough, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested a Myanmar national from Hyderabad in connection with the Burdwan blast case.
The arrested suspect has been identified as 21-year-old Khalid Mohammed. He was living in the Telangana capital on the basis of fake identity documents. He was arrested on Monday.
NIA said Khalid has links with Tahreek-e-Taliban and is an IED expert. He is also said to be involved in running terror camps in bordering areas of Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Jihadi literature related to ISIS was also recovered from him.
Importantly, Khalid’s arrests comes at a time when an NIA team is in Bangladesh to probe the terror trail linked with the blast in Burdwan district of West Bengal.
India is seeking cooperation to unravel the plans of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) terror outfit allegedly responsible for the October 2 blast in Burdwan which killed two suspected terrorists.
NIA has already had some major success in its probe. JMB’s Chief commander for Burdwan module, Sajid, a Bangladeshi national, Amjad Sheikh and Zia-ul-Haque who allegedly procured explosives are already under arrest. Bangladesh’s elite anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has captured Sajid’s brother Mohammad Monayem.
NIA has been investigating militant networks after the October 2 blast at a house, visibly turned into a clandestine bomb manufacturing factory, in Burdwan district while the security officials earlier said JMB had spread its clandestine network in bordering areas in India.
Two suspected militants had died in the explosion that rocked the Burdwan house and their two wives, believed also to be trained by the JMB, were caught.