Two terror suspects sent to police custody in Bengal

terror-suspects(IANS) Two terror suspects and accomplices of alleged Islamic State (IS) facilitator Mohammad Masiuddin, were on Thursday remanded in 14 days police custody by a West Bengal court.

The duo of Saddam Hussain alias Kalia and Seikh Abbasuddin alias Amin who were arrested a day earlier, were presented before a court which remanded them to police custody till July 21.

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has also slapped charges of waging war against the state in the case, with the interrogation revealing Masiuddin alias Musa was in contact with foreign extremists including the IS.

Musa was nabbed from a railway station in Burdwan district on Tuesday along with a 13-inch machete and an improvised firearm. He was initially booked under the Arms Act.

“His interrogation has revealed enough evidence about his involvement in terror activities. So we have pressed charges under sections 121 (waging, or attempting to wage war, or abetting waging of war, against the Government of India) and 121A (conspiracy to commit offences punishable by Section 121) of the IPC,” said CID Deputy Inspector General of Police (operations) Dilip Kumar Adak.

So far in the year, four people have been arrested from West Bengal for suspected links with the IS.

The National Investigation Agency in March arrested Ashik Ahammed alias Raja, a resident of Dhaniakhali in Hooghly district, for being an “IS facilitator”.

The arrests come in the wake of the deadly terror attack in Dhaka in which 20 people were killed. The state has been on high alert with the Border Security Force intensifying vigil across the India-Bangladesh border.

Police has also not ruled out Musa’s involvement with the Bangladeshi militant outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).

An accidental blast at a house in Khagragarh in Burdwan district in October 2014 led to the NIA busting a JMB terror module in the state.

Medaram Jathara

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