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NIA heat on Sithio terror suspects

Ranchi, Dec. 14: A National Investigation Agency (NIA) team visited the Sithio residences of two Patna serial blast accused with a notice to attach their properties if they did not surrender within a month.

The proclamation notices were pasted outside the homes of Numan Ansari and the other suspect, believed to be a minor, in the presence of family members around 11.30am.

A team from Dhurwa police station accompanied the NIA officers to the village, barely 20km from the state capital where the October 27 terror plot is said to have been hatched days before the blasts.

“The proclamation notices were pasted after the two terror suspects did not turn up before the NIA for questioning despite issuance of non-bailable warrants against them by the NIA court,” Dhurwa officer-in-charge Birendra Rajvanshi said.

The police would now be free to attach their properties if they did not present themselves for questioning within the next 30 days.

Numan and the other boy have been absconding ever since Imtiyaz Ansari, another youth from Sithio, named them as accomplices during questioning after he was arrested for carrying out as many as six low intensity blasts on the periphery of Gandhi Maidan after an initial explosion in Patna Railway Station.

Seven persons died in the serial blasts and several others were injured before the BJP’s Hunkar Rally addressed by Narendra Modi.

In another development, a resident of Naisarai in Nagri, Mohammed Azad, was allegedly arrested by a joint team of Patna police and NIA in connection with the blasts. However, Ranchi SSP Bhimsen Tuti did not confirm it.