Bihar Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has arrested two suspected terrorists of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen and Islamic State terror organisation, who are known to be of Bangladeshi origin. Both of them have now been sent to judicial custody where the ATS will seek remand.
The suspected terrorists apprehended from Madani Musafirkhana in Patna are identified as Khairul Mandal and Abu Sultana, and as per sources, the two terrorists were known to move from one part to another within the state, especially in places that are concentrated of Buddhist shrines.
It is known that the two spent 11 days in Bodh Gaya, a place of religious significance to Buddhists and Hindus, and did a recce of the place.
The ATS and senior police personnel are investigating the accused and the recoveries made by the security forces, that also include material pertaining to the Pulwama terror Fiyadeen attack on a convoy carrying around 2500 CRPF Jawans on the Jammu-Srinagar highway, that martyred 40 CRPF Jawans.
Out of the items recovered, photocopies that include the deployment details of CRPF forces killed in Pulwama terror attack was found, posters of banned outfit ISIS was recovered, 3 mobile phones, one memory card, 2 fake Indian voter cards, one fake PAN card was recovered.
Apart from that train tickets and bus tickets were recovered. Train tickets from New Delhi to Howrah, Kolkata and Bodh Gaya to Patna was found, and Maharani Express bus tickets from Kolkata to Bodh Gaya.
A 22-year-old man was arrested in February for alleged links to the terror outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), which was involved in the Bodh Gaya blast last year, police said.
On January 19 last year, a low-intensity bomb had exploded hours after Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama had finished a sermon at the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya in Bihar. The National Investigative Agency (NIA) had last year arrested five people in connection with the case.