Toilet break! Patna blast suspect gives cops the slip

Published: 01 November, 2013 07:32 IST | Patna |

Meher Alam, key suspect in the explosions that killed six, fled from a toilet while being transported by NIA officials

Meher Alam, a terror suspect in the Patna serial blasts, fled from a toilet in Muzaffarpur while being brought from Darbhanga district. The 25-year-old, was not only a terror suspect in the string of bombings that took place on Sunday before BJP’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 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 Thursday.

While some police officials said the escape took place late Wednesday, there were also those who said it happened Thursday morning. Bihar police as well as the NIA are frantically looking for him. 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.

Other terror suspects held
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 Oct 8 and 10 to carry out recce of various sites that could be targeted.

Alam, a resident of East Champaran district’s Alauli village, was arrested by a team of NIA and Bihar Police on Tuesday. “Alam 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. Ainul alias Tarique, the other 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.

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 10 on Sunday morning. NIA officials also searched the Muzaffarpur house of another terror suspect Mohammad Aftab, who was arrested from Delhi.

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