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STF arrests 2 suspected members of JMB, recovers 50 kg explosives

Statesman News Service | Kolkata |

Two suspected members of the Bangladeshi terrorist organisation Jamaat ul Mujhadin Bangladesh (JMB) were arrested yesterday by the Special Task Force of Kolkata Police with 50 kilograms of explosives. The police said, they were responsible for the low intensity IED blasts at Bodh Gaya last month when the Dalai Lama was visiting the religious site.

Yesterday, the Special Task Force (STF) along with the Darjeeling and Murshidabad police arrested two men~ Md Paigamber Sheik (24) from Murshidabad and Jamirul Sheik (31) from Darjeeling. A total of 50 kilograms of explosives in the form of ammonium nitrate was recovered from them along with explosive handling gloves and mobile phones. According to DC STF Murli Dhar, “Both are part of the JMB and were involved in planting improvised explosive devices as well as a low intensity blast in Bodh Gaya.

This was on 19 January when the Dalai Lama was visiting the reigious site.” The STF is co-ordinating with the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and other investigative agencies to search for other possible collaborators of the duo.

Both the accused are inhabitants of the Samserganj community development block in Murshidabad. Paigamber was an Arabic teacher at a school and an imam of his colony besides running a small business of perfume. Jamirul was a jackfruit leaves labourer who would impart logistical support.

According to Murli Dhar, the preliminary investigation carried out by the STF has so far revealed that the duo had sent explosives to Bodh Gaya from West Bengal. A new form of IED was possibly being worked on by the pair.

The passport documents recovered from the duo did not reveal any foreign trips but Dhar did not rule out any unofficial trips being made. They also had genuine Aadhaar cards. Members of the JMB had been arrested previously by the NIA in 2015 after an accidental blast in a house in the Khagragarh locality at Burdwan. Two suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorists were killed and a third injured.