Islamic Terrorism in India

Most Muslims are not terrorists, but most terrorists are Muslims

Imam arrested for Tripura terror attacks

Posted by jagoindia on October 12, 2008


CID arrests Imam for serial blasts
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SEKHAR DATTA
Agartala, Oct. 6: The CID team, searching for leads in the bomb blast case, apprehended Bilal Ahmed, the imam of Nagicherra mosque last night. Ahmed, 26, has been remanded in 10 days’ police custody by the court of the judicial magistrate.

The Tripura State Jamiat Ulema Hind protested the imam’s arrest with its president mufti Taibur Rahaman describing the arrest as “unnecessary victimisation”.

The officer-in-charge of East Agartala police station, Sanjay Biswas, said Ahmed had been booked under Sections 326, 307, 427 IPC and also under Explosives Act. Police had arrested the imam on the basis of “definite information”, he said.

Tarun Debbarma, 25, and Lalit Koloi, 26, two tribals, were arrested today by the officer-in-charge of West Agartala police station, Subrata Chakraborty, on grounds of “suspected involvement” in the serial blast case from Radhanagar today.

Commenting on Ahmed, the mufti said he originally is from Sharjul Kurthi village in Karimganj district of Assam and had been working as the imam of the Nagicherra mosque for the past year.

“He is innocent because we appointed him as the imam only after being convinced of his credentials. The police have dragged him into the case, giving a bad name to the community and the faith.”

The mufti, however, condemned the serial blasts in Agartala and described them as “heinous anti-national acts”.

Standing on the premises of Gedu Mia Town Jame Masjid, the organisation’s vice-president, Abdul Bari Chowdhury, told the media that several policemen had barged into his residence and desecrated the sanctity of a private mosque attached to it in northeastern Agartala to make queries. A delegation of the organisation will meet chief minister Manik Sarkar and submit a deputation.

The SIM of the mobile set fitted across the explosives yesterday is 9856834686. Ithad been issued in favour of a tribal youth, Bijay Debbarma, of Mekhlibundh area of Sadar (north), till recently a happy hunting ground of banned All Tripura Tiger Force militants.

A CID source said: “The identification of the SIM card holder has strengthened our suspicion that the Tiger Force militants had a significant role to play in the blasts.”

Senior police officials and bomb experts from Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and UP will examine the nature of the bombs used in Agartala blasts.

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