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Over a month after ar­rest­ing 10 peo­ple in con­nec­tion to a blast in West Ben­gal’s Bur­d­wan dis­trict, the Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency (NIA) and the Assam po­lice on Fri­day man­aged to nab two more ac­cused, rais­ing hopes of cracking the larger con­spir­acy in the case. The NIA has also re­cov­ered the lap­top of Ri­azul Karim, one of prime ac­cused in the case.

NEW DELHI: More than a month after the ini­tial 10 ar­rests in con­nec­tion with the blast in Bur­d­wan, the Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency (NIA) and Assam po­lice on Fri­day ar­rested two more ac­cused.

“We have ar­rested one Zia-ul Haque who was al­leged to be part of the group of the je­hadi train­ers and key mo­ti­va­tor of new re­cruits. He was closely as­so­ci­ated with top Ja­maat-ul-Mu­jahideen Bangladesh (JMB) com­man­ders in­clud­ing Sa­jid alias Suman who is ab­scond­ing. This is just the be­gin­ning. We are hope­ful of nab­bing more ac­cused soon,” said a se­nior NIA of­fi­cial re­quest­ing anonymity.

In another im­por­tant break­through, the NIA has also re­cov­ered lap­top of Ri­azul Karim, one of prime ac­cused in the case, from Haque’s house and it is be­ing foren­si­cally an­a­lysed to cull data from it. “The NIA ar­rested Zia-ul Haque, a res­i­dent of Malda dis­trict in West Ben­gal for his role in the Bur­d­wan case.

Haque is al­leged to be a close as­so­ciate of two main ab­scond­ing ac­cused — Ri­azul Karim and Yusuf Skeikh alias Maulana Yusuf and he was stay­ing in Masjid Talha in Kha­gra­garh of Bur­d­wan dis­trict. After the Oc­to­ber 2 blast, Haque was on the run,” added the of­fi­cial.

“Sha­nur Ali was al­leged to be the leader of JMB’s Assam mod­ule. His wife Suz­ina Begum has been ar­rested in a sep­a­rate op­er­a­tion by the Assam po­lice. Suz­ina Begum is sus­pected to have got je­hadi train­ing in Simul­lia madarsa in Bur­d­wan. She later shifted based to Assam. Th­ese ar­rests will also form the part of the NIA probe later,” said the of­fi­cial.

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