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Last Updated: November 19, 2013, 08:05 IST

Another suspect arrested in Patna serial blasts case

Raids are being conducted in connection with the serial blasts in his native village in Aurangabad in Bihar.

Ranchi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday arrested one more person in connection with the serial blasts that took place near Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's Hunkar rally.

The suspect arrested from Ranchi is reportedly named Aurangzeb. Raids are also being conducted in his native village in Aurangabad in Bihar.

Earlier on Monday, the NIA team visited Raipur and questioned the suspected SIMI activists, who were arrested here recently in connection with blasts. According to the police, the arrested people had helped the Patna blasts culprits to hide in the city after the blasts.

"NIA's team interrogated the eight suspected SIMI operatives," Director General of Police Ramni had said.

NIA questioned them about whereabouts of the four absconding suspects, he said, not ruling out the possibility of NIA taking the custody of the arrested SIMI operatives.

Umer Sidhhiqui, Sheikh Ajijullah, Moinuddin Kureshi, Abdul Wahid, Sheikh Habib Ulla, Roshan Sheikh, Md Aziz and Hayat Khan were arrested from various parts of Raipur last week.

According to the DGP, Haider Ali alias Abdullah, prime accused of Patna blasts case, and other suspects were in contact with Umer Siddhiqui and Abdul Wahid, who helped Abdullah get a rented house in Sanjay Nagar area of Raipur.

Moinuddin rented his house in Sanjay Nagar area to Abdullah and his associates. But they had disappeared by the time the police raided the house.

Sheik Habib Ulla, Hayat Khan and Roshan had attended a meeting of SIMI -- now banned - at Barnawapara forests, around 100 kms away from Raipur some years ago. They all have been booked under Prevention of Unlawful Activities Act, 1968.


first published:November 19, 2013, 08:05 IST
last updated:November 19, 2013, 08:05 IST