Two Arrested for Bodhgaya Bombing During Dalai Lama Visit

Two active members of Jamatul Mujahidin Bangladesh (JMB), a banned terror group by the Special Task Force (STF) for their connection with the recent low intensity bomb explosion in Bodhgaya during His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit. STF unit of Kolkata police has arrested the two culprits and initial interrogations confirmed their connection in the Bodhgaya blast on January 19.

“Special Task Force unit of Kolkata Police has arrested two active members of Jamatul Mujahidin Bangladesh, a banned terror outfit, for their alleged involvement in a recent low-intensity blast in Bodh Gaya, where Tibetan spiritual guru Dalai Lama was holding a workshop.” said the report in the Indian Express on Friday.

The two arrested Paigamber Sheikh (24) and Jamirul Sheikh (31) were nabbed from Kankuria Gram in Murshidabad and Phansideva in Darjeeling respectively on Wednesday. The arrest also helped in recovery of huge amount of explosive Ammonium Nitrate, one laptop and other materials used to make explosives.

“We arrested Paigamber Sheikh and Jamirul Sheikh yesterday. Apart from 50 kilograms of explosive Ammonium Nitrate, one laptop and other materials used to make explosives have been recovered. In primary interrogation, the two accused revealed their links with the group that had planted IED at Bodh Gaya during Dalai Lama’s visit”, said Murlidhar Sharma, Deputy Commissioner of Police (STF) according to the report.

Five suspects in the Bodhgaya blast have been picked out from the video footage in the CCTV cameras installed around the Mahabodhi temple and the police believes one of them to be of Nepali origin. Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) terror group is being suspected as the primary outfit behind the Bodh Gaya incident and less likely for the Students Islamic Movement of India or Indian Mujahideen’s hand.

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