Jahangir Momin (left) and Jahangir Sheikh (right), allegedly having links with ISI, being taken to be produced before the judicial magistrate in Malda district of West Bengal on Wednesday. PTI
Malda, West Bengal, India, Nov. 24: The main accused in an IED racket busted in July — seven remote-controlled improvised explosive devices had been seized then — was arrested today from Pirpur in Ratua.
“We have arrested Jahangir Momin, who had been living under the alias of Saidul Sheikh, following leads we had gathered. We have informed senior officers in the CID in Calcutta,” Malda police chief Bhuban Mondol said.
On July 24, the police had recovered seven explosive devices and material to make bombs like sodium sulphide, ammonium nitrate and sulphur in Sujapur and arrested Jahangir Sheikh and Asif Iqbal from Madhughat in Englishbazar. Momin had managed to flee the scene then.
The seizure ahead of the Independence Day had created a flutter among the police. Senior officers from Calcutta came to Malda to make inquiries. Next day, the seven explosives were set off by Siliguri bomb squad experts in the police lines in the presence of hundreds of onlookers.
Mondol said the three arrested men were residents of Kaliachak. “We will try to gather information about Momin’s activities and find out from where they got hold of the explosives and the bomb-making materials and whether they had links with extremist outfits.” The police were also investigating whether Momin was linked to the recent serial blasts in Assam.
The two men arrested in July revealed during interrogation that each device could be sold for Rs 50,000 if not more. The duo had admitted that Momin was their leader who got hold of the bombs and the explosive materials, the police said.
posted by Sambuddha Gupta, Spotlight Media Team.