Even as Sahanur Alom, one of the twelve persons declared “most wanted” by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the Burdwan blast case, has remained traceless, the NIA today carried out a second search in his house in Barpeta district in western Assam in one week.
A team of NIA sleuths spent about two hours in Alom’s house in village Chatala under Sarthebari police station in Barpeta, after which they also checked a bank account in the Union Bank branch at Majdia, a nearby township. Anwar Hussain Malik, in whose house Alom had organised a special namaz prayer one day ahead of Eid in July, was also quizzed by the NIA.
Though NIA officials remained tight-lipped about the searches carried out today, they were looking for more information and materials about Alom’s involvement with the Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) module based in Burdwan. Last week the Assam Police had arrested Alom’s Sujina Begum, who is also considered an important member of the JMB module.
Sujina, who had studied in a madrasa in Burdwan, who had remained traceless along with her husband Alom and two children since the Burdwan blast of October 2, was arrested in the inter-state bus station in Guwahati last week. She was hiding for a couple of days in a house in Uzanbazar in Guwahati which her father had apparently taken on rent.
The Assam Police has also arrested Alom’s brother Zakaria Ahmed for his alleged association with the Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) module. Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi on his part is on record saying that the JMB module was trying to set up a women’s wing in the state.