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Cops dig up crude bombs in Barpeta

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By Staff Reporter
  • Published 22.12.14

Nurjamal Haque with the crude bombs. Telegraph picture

Guwahati, Dec. 21: Police today dug out 10 crude bombs buried at Patacharkuchi in Barpeta district of lower Assam.

The police said the arrested Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) member, Nurjamal Haque, had led them to Panpara village in Patacharkuchi, where the bombs were buried under a tree.

The police said the bombs were wrapped in a polythene sheet and buried on the bank of the Rupohi river. Haque told the police that one Fulbor Ali had given him the bombs. Ali is absconding.

Inspector-general of police (law and order) S.N. Singh said the bombs were defused after samples were collected for forensic examination.

The special operations unit of Assam police had picked up Haque, 25, on Friday from Salbari in Baksa district. He was arrested based on confessions made by Sahanur Alom, a key leader of JMB's Assam module, during his interrogation. Haque was sent to 14-day police remand after he was produced in the court of the chief judicial magistrate here yesterday.

Police today arrested Nazmul Islam, principal of Koraguri anchalik madarsa in Barpeta district, based on the confession of Haque.

Singh said the bombs appeared handmade and do not possess any electronic circuits.

The recovery has come at a time when the police are searching for two improvised explosive devices reportedly sent to Assam by JMB activists from Bengal before the Burdwan blast to be used to carry out attacks.

The search for the bombs was launched based on Sahanur's revelations. There have been reports that the JMB was planning to target leaders in the BTAD.

So far, 12 people have been arrested in Assam in connection with the Burdwan blast for their alleged links with the JMB.

An NIA source said investigations had revealed that Sahanur used to provide funds for JMB's network in Bengal.

According to Assam police, Sahanur, his wife Sujina Begum and three others, who were arrested in Assam in connection with the Burdwan blast, had studied at Shimulia madarsa in Burdwan and the Mukimnagar madarsa in Murshidabad, where they were trained in the use of arms and making bombs.

A NIA court in Calcutta yesterday issued a production warrant for Alom, Saikhul Islam and Rofikul Islam, on or before January 3, 2015.

In another incident, a grenade blast took place at Chapaguri under Dhaligaon police station in Chirang district around 5.45 this evening. However, no one was injured in the blast.

Chirang SP Ranjan Bhuyan told The Telegraph over phone that they were yet to ascertain the nature of the explosion.

Police sources said NDFB (S) rebels had allegedly kept the grenade at an isolated place in retaliation to the killing of two cadres earlier in the morning at Cheleka Bazar area in the district.


Additional reporting by our Kokrajhar correspondent