Bihar: Two more arrested in Darbhanga station blast , other two accused sent to NIA custody

Patna: Two more accused have been taken into custody by National Investigation Agency (NIA) teams from Shamli district in Uttar Pradesh in connection to last month's blast at Darbhanga railway station in Bihar.

In another development, NIA on Friday took into custody, two more persons from Kairana in Shamli district of UP, Mohammad Salim and Kafil in connection with the Darbhnaga blast. They were detained by UP ATS.

NIA on Friday produced the two accused, Imran Malik and Mohd Nasir Khan, before the special court arrested earlier on June 30 at Secundarabad. G S Malhotra, special judge sent the two to the NIA remand for July 9. NIA had demanded ten days custody of the accused.

The two were brought from Hyderabad by a commercial flight in the morning and taken to the ATS headquarters near Eco Park here. Senior officers of the ATS questioned them for more than two hours before allowing NIA to produce them to the special court.

Court was told by the NIA that the terrorists had planned to put the Secundarabad-Darbhanga express train on fire by putting chemicals in a parcel containing garments sent by the two brothers.

According to NIA, preliminary investigation has revealed that Salim and Kafil were key conspirators in the case. The arrested accused had met at the residence of Haji Salim in February this year and finalised plan to plant a IED in a running train so casualties and extensive damage to the property can be caused.

"Haji Salim is a close associate of Pakistan based LET operatives and was acting as key intermediary between Ikbal Kana and arrested accused. He was also involved in channelizing funds sent by Pakistan that were used in executing the terror acts", NIA official said.

The two persons arrested at Shamli would be produced before special NIA court here on Saturday. NIA has got five days remand from Lucknow court. Preliminary investigations and questioning of the arrested persons confirmed the conspirators were to receive Rs one crore after successful explosions in the running train.

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