In a major breakthrough the Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA) nabbed a suspected Myanamar national from southern Indian city of Hyderabad on Monday afternoon in connection with the sensational Burdwan blast case.
The suspect Khaleed alias Khalid Mohammed, was residing in Hyderabad when he was arrested. "He has admitted to have undergone training conducted by Tehrik-e-Azadi Arakan with trainers from Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan ", NIA said in a statement issued on Tuesday.
The 38-year-old Khaleed is believed be an expert in IED and had strong ties with home-grown terrorist groups in Bangladesh. The NIA also claimed that he was involved in running terror camps in the bordering areas of Bangladesh and Myanmar for long. "He was found in possession of incriminating videos of training materials, literature relating to poison, bomb making, explosives and Jihadi literature including that of ISIS," said the NIA statement.
Bangladesh authority has been informed of Khaleed's arrest and sought any information about his activities in Bangladesh, as he belong to banned Rohingya Solidarity Organisation (RSO). The security agencies are working on his antecedent, while the anti-terror unit of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) is trying to find if he had any link with terrorism, a senior RAB official told The Bangladesh Observer.
This would be the seventh arrest made by NIA in connection with the Burdwan blast of October 2 in which two persons were killed in a clandestine improvised explosive device (IED) factory at Khagragarh in Burdwan town which went off accidentally. The arrests of a key suspect in the blast after alleged mastermind of the incident a Bangladesh national Rezaul Karim Sajid of banned terror outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), and Zia-ul-Haque were arrested from Kolkata few days back.
NIA deliberately delayed in releasing the news of Myanmar national's arrest to ensure the suspect's identity and his connection with the terror-network.
The Indian security agencies alarmed that West Bengal has become a terror sanctuary for last couple of years, especially due to the religious minority appeasement policy played by the earlier Communist Party of India (Marxist) government and now ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) led my Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of West Bengal.
Meanwhile, a four-member NIA team, headed by its Director General Sharad Kumar, is presently visiting Dhaka to share information with Bangladesh security agencies officials regarding Burdwan blast and activities of JMB and help the authorities in Bangladesh how to counter the threat posed by terror groups.