Jharkhand police spokesperson Anurag Gupta confirmed the arrest of two persons.
Two of them — Eshtekhar Alam and Firoz Aslam alias Sonu — were taken for medial check-up at Sadar hospital here. It is likely that they would be produced at the residence of a local judge from where NIA would obtain their transit remand. Along with them NIA also took the two other IM operatives to Sadar hospital whom they had brought here with them on Friday to conduct raids at their instance.
A source said Firoz Aslam and Estekhar Alam were directly in touch with top operatives in Indian Mujahideen. During interrogation they disclosed to NIA that one of them had concealed 18 live timer bombs in a barren field in Seethio village. The bombs — similar to those used in Patna and Bodh Gaya blasts — were dug out from Seethio village by NIA on Saturday evening. The bombs were safely hidden under the earth in different spots in a suitcase, in a bag and in a bucket. The bombs were later diffused.
Seethio, 20km from city, is the same village from where a group of five IM operatives lived and had taken explosives in their backpacks and boarded a bus for Patna to carry out blasts.
"Abu Faisal, a hardcore SIMI cadre of Madhya Pradesh, who was recently arrested, has been arrested," NIA said in a press release issued at its website. During the ongoing investigation of the case, the role of a doctor practicing in a leading Hospital has also surfaced as an associate of Hyder. Investigation is continuing in the case, NIA said in its press note.
A police source said the two used to work as facilitator for IM's Ranchi Module. "Initially it has been found that they used to purchase materials used for making bombs. Their involvement in handling money has also come out," said a source.
Different teams of NIA had arrested four key Indian Mujahideen operatives on May 21. All of them featured in NIA's most wanted list. The leader of the four Hyder Ali alias 'Black Beauty' and Mojibullah were arrested from Khadgara bus stand in the heart of the state capital while Numan Ansari and Taufiq Ansari were arrested from a lodge in Palamu district the same night.
During investigation they disclosed some specific leads to the NIA after which the raids were conducted.
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