Patna, Gaya blasts: 7 SIMI members arrested

Last Updated: Mon, Nov 18, 2013 04:52 hrs

New Delhi, Nov 18 (IBNS) The Chhattisgarh Police on Monday arrested seven members of banned Islamic student outfit Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) in connection with the recent blasts in Patna and Bodh Gaya of Bihar.

The police said SIMI members allegedly helped Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorists to carry out the blasts.

Raids were also conducted in Bihar´s Patna and Ranchi in Jharkhand.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday released photographs of of five absconding accused of banned terror outfit IM in connection with the Bodh Gaya and Patna serial blasts cases.

The NIA also announced a cash reward of upto Rs 10 lakh for any information leading to arrest of the five accused.

The NIA has released the photographs of Tahseen Akhtar alias Monu, Haider Ali, Numan Ansari, Taufeeq Ansari and Mojibullah.

An informer will get Rs 10 lakh from the agency for giving information on Akhtar and Al while information on others will fetch them 5 lakh.

"National Investigation Agency (NIA) solicits the cooperation and assistance of general public and requests to provide information leading to the arrest of the following five operatives of the Indian Mujahideen (IM). The five IM operatives detailed as below, are wanted by the NIA for their involvement in the planning and commission of terrorist acts including the Bodh Gaya Blasts (dated 7th July, 2013) and Patna Blasts (dated 27th October, 2013)," the NIA said in a statement on Sunday.

Ten blasts rocked the Mahabodhi temple on July 7 which left two people injured.

Six people were killed and over 80 others were injured in a series of crude bomb explosions before Modi´s Hunkar Rally at Gandhi Maidan in Patna.

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