NIA arrests Bodhgaya blasts mastermind

The National Investigation Agency has arrested Bodhgaya blast mastermind and Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) top leader Mohammed Jahidul Islam, and have taken his five-day transit remand by Special Court for NIA Bengaluru.

Mohammed Jahidul Islam alias Kausar was wanted in Bodh Gaya blast, Burdwan blast and several other cases in Bangladesh.

The agency on Tuesday said that Islam was arrested from Ramnagar near Bengaluru on Monday and electronic devices besides traces of explosives were recovered from his house during search.

According to NIA, Islam was the master mind of Bodh Gaya blast case in which five people, including two Buddhist monks, were injured after a series of rocked Mahabodhi Temple complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Bodh Gaya on 7 July 2013.

“Islam was the master mind in the case Bodh Gaya case. On his directions Mustafizur Rehman, who is his close associate, had arranged and assembled all the explosives for the incident’, the probe agency said in a statement.

Islam was also wanted in Burdwan blast case in which two suspected militants were killed and another was injured in the explosion in a two-storey building in the Khagragarh locality of Burdwan on October 2, 2014.

“He will now be produced before the Patna Special NIA court”, NIA stated further.

Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen is an Islamic terrorist organisation operating in Bangladesh. It was founded in April 1998 in Palampur in Dhaka division by Abdur Rahman and gained public prominence in 2001.


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