NIA makes breakthrough arrest in Kwakta Scorpio bomb blast case

NEW DELHI | Updated: 16 October, 2023 7:35 pm IST
NIA has arrested people suspected in the Kwatka bomb blast

The case was initially registered by Manipur Police in June and later taken over by the NIA for investigation

NEW DELHI: The National Investigation Agency (NIA), in a joint operation with Assam Police, arrested Md. Noor Hussain from Silchar, Cachar District, Assam on Monday in connection with a bomb blast case in Kwakta, Bishnupur District, Manipur, involving a Scorpio car.

The case was initially registered by Manipur Police in June and later taken over by the NIA for investigation. The agency’s investigations revealed Hussain’s involvement in the bomb blast that occurred on June 21.

An IED-laden Scorpio vehicle was parked on a bridge in the area of Phougakchao Ikhai Awang Leikai and Kwakta along Tiddim road in Manipur’s Bishnupur District.

 

The blast resulted in three people sustaining injuries and damaged both the bridge and residences in the vicinity.

The NIA will request Hussain’s detention in their custody to gather information about his potential associates and to confirm any possible connections to acts of terrorism.

The sources said that they would also check whether the accused was in touch with any terrorist organisation. Additionally, they will try to verify who helped him in the procurement of bomb or bomb-making materials.

On October 1, the NIA had apprehended Seiminlun Gangte, a 51-year-old, suspected of having ties to terrorist activities. He is a private school teacher hailing from the Churachandpur district. His arrest is linked to a transnational conspiracy involving militant groups based in Myanmar and Bangladesh.  Additionally, the agency had implicated him in the IED explosion in Manipur’s Bishnupur district.

On September 16, the NIA had apprehended Moirangthem Anand Singh (45), a suspected member of the PLA, along with four other individuals, near Meitei Mayek School in Imphal East. They were arrested on charges of being in possession of a camouflage uniform, an INSAS rifle, an SLR, two 0.303 rifles, as well as magazines and ammunition.

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