The bombs seized from Sithio near Ranchi on Saturday. (Hardeep Singh)
Ranchi, June 7: A National Investigation Agency (NIA) team today found six time bombs and other explosives from various parts of Ranchi, the recovery coming after interrogating two Indian Mujahideen activists arrested from a bus stand in the state capital on May 21.
The time bombs were found in a ditch in a crop field in Sithio, the same village on the outskirts of Ranchi, four of whose residents were involved in the explosions at Gandhi Maidan in Patna on October 27 before a rally addressed by BJP leader Narendra Modi.
The NIA team, working in tandem with city police, recovered explosives from Hindpiri and timers and batteries from a tyre shop on Karbala Chowk, both in the heart of Ranchi.
The owner of the shop, Pappu, has been taken into custody along with Maulana Taufique and Iftikar of Sithio for hiding the bombs in the ditch.
Later in the evening, a bomb disposal squad of Jharkhand Jaguars, a state police assault team, defused the bombs.
NIA DG Sharad Kumar confirmed the recovery, but refused to divulge details.
The two IM activists, Haider Ali, alias Black Beauty, and Muzibullah Ansari, were picked up from Khadgaria bus stand in Ranchi on May 21. Two others, Numan Ansari and a 16-year-old boy, were caught on the same day from a guest house in Palamau.
All of them allegedly played key roles in planning and executing the Patna blasts.
The NIA team is understood to have brought Haider and Muzibullah to Jharkhand from an undisclosed location late last night and put them up at a guest house in Hatia, around 15km Ranchi.
Sources said the team even visited the residence of Numan’s sister in Hindpiri before today’s recovery.
On May 22, NIA and state police questioned a young doctor, Azaz Hashmi, in Ranchi whose hostel room Haider would share whenever he was in Ranchi.
A search of Idris Medical Hostel, barely 200m from state-run Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS), yielded a sizeable cache of detonators, steel elbows, fuse wires, codex, timers, electronic watches and maps.
A couple of pen drives and a laptop were also seized.