Bengaluru: Habib-ur-Rahman, who is wanted in the Burdwan blasts case that rocked West Bengal in 2014, was arrested by the Kolkata NIA on June 25 from Dodddaballpura, Karnataka. He was later produced before the NIA special judge at the additional city civil and sessions court and he has been taken to Kolkata on a transit warrant. He will be produced before the special NIA court, Kolkata.

Aged 28 years, the accused had been absconding for a while. He was chargesheeted in March in relation to this case. He is accused of being directly involved in a conspiracy of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) to wage war against Government of India and Bangladesh.

He was said to be a close associate of senior JMB leader Jahidul Islam. He was also associated with other JMB members Bahamataullah and Moulana Yusuf. He is also accused of being an active member of JMB, Bolpur Module in West Bengal. He actively took part in a number of training camps conducted by JMB.

Burdwan blasts:

In the year 2014, an explosion took place in a two-storeyed building in Khagragarh locality of Burdwan. The building was owned by Nurul Hasan Chowdhury. But he used to stay in another house in the same locality. Incidentally, Hasan was a member of the Trinamool Congress and the basement was used as his office.

As soon as the explosion took place, the residents informed the police and the fire brigade. But when the police arrived, it is reported that two women, who were inside the building, offered stiff resistance to the police, who wanted to get inside the building. It is said the two women threatened the police and even wanted to blow themselves up. They even destroyed several documents and evidence. The police arrested the two women and later recovered as many as 50 improvised explosive devices. Two deaths were reported due to the blasts.