Patna: Meher Alam, a terror suspect in the Patna serial blasts, fled from a toilet in Muzaffarpur while being brought here from Darbhanga district, police said yesterday.
Alam, 25, was not only a terror suspect in the string of bombings that took place here Sunday before Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was to address a rally, he is also suspected for the blasts at Bodhgaya in July this year. Alam was arrested in Bihar’s Darbhanga district, and was being brought to the state capital by a National Investigation Agency (NIA) team. He said he wanted to go to the toilet near Muzaffarpur, but did not return, police said.
Officials, however, were unwilling to confirm whether the terror suspect made good his escape on Wednesday night or early yesterday. While some police officials said the escape took place late Wednesday, there were also those who said it happened yesterday morning.
Bihar Police as well as the NIA are frantically looking for him.
Sleuths have raided several places in Bihar to hunt down those who unleashed a string of bombings here that left six dead and over 80 injured, police said.
Six of the seven blasts took place on Sunday at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan. The seventh explosion was at the railway station.
Earlier in the day, police said that NIA detained terror suspect Meher Alam from Darbhanga.
“The NIA team raided at least two places in Muzaffarpur and three places in Darbhanga districts since Wednesday in search of terror suspects involved in serial blasts in Patna,” a police official said.
More raids would be conducted in next few days. NIA officials also searched the Muzaffarpur house of another terror suspect Mohammad Aftab, who was arrested from Delhi. The NIA team seized some documents and a laptop from his house, said an official.
The NIA officials along with Intelligence Bureau officials interrogated two of three arrested terror suspects Mohammad Imtiaz Ansari and Arshad Alam.
Patna Senior Superintendent of Police Manu Maharaj said Imtiaz along with Arshad came to Patna between October 8 and 10 to carry out recce of various sites that could be targeted.
Arshad Alam, 24, a resident of East Champaran district’s Alauli village, was arrested by a team of NIA and Bihar Police on Tuesday.
“Arshad was arrested on the basis of information provided by Mohammad Imtiaz Ansari, one of the two suspected Indian Mujahideen operatives arrested from Patna junction soon after the first bomb exploded,” a police official said.
A second terror suspect who was injured in the blasts is battling for life at a government hospital here.
Imtiaz, a resident of Ranchi, is suspected to be the brain behind the blasts. He was arrested from the Patna railway junction after a bomb exploded in a toilet on platform No.1 0 Sunday morning.
Ainul alias Tarique, the second suspect, was apprehended while he was crying in pain at the Patna railway junction toilet soon after a bomb which he was trying to fit with a timer exploded. IANS