2020-03-25 10:14:29 BdST

Bangladeshi arrested in India over bomb blasts

Mophajjal Hussain alias Mopha Ali Gazi alias Maphizul Mandal, hailing from Satkhira in Khulna state of Bangladesh


A convicted 42-years-old Bangladeshi national has been arrested at Navi Mumbai in Maharashtra of India.

The man is wanted in connection with three blasts at a mosque in Bangladesh in 2002, reports The Economic Times.

Acting on a tip-off, the crime branch of neighbouring Thane Police arrested Mophajjal Hussain alias Mopha Ali Gazi alias Maphizul Mandal, hailing from Satkhira in Khulna state of Bangladesh, from Cidco bus stop on Thursday while he was trying to go to Turbhe in Navi Mumbai, an official said.

He was staying in Turbhe since the last few months and was doing odd jobs there.

He was involved in the crude bomb blasts, one inside and two outside the mosque in Bangladesh, Thane crime branch police inspector Nitin Thakre said.

One person was killed and many others injured in the triple blast, which took place at Ilispur in the jurisdiction of Colarua police station, he said.

Hussain had lost his right hand when the crude bomb exploded while he was placing it outside the mosque, he said.

He was subsequently arrested and awarded life imprisonment by a court.

However, he was later granted bail on medical grounds and released in 2004 following which he absconded and sneaked into India from the border along West Bengal where he did some petty jobs.

He later came to Mumbai and was working at some construction sites in the metropolis and Navi Mumbai, he said.

Hussain was staying at Turbhe in neighbouring Navi Mumbai since last few months and doing odd jobs under the fictitious name as Maphizul Mandal, he said.

He was nabbed on Thursday by the crime branch team on a specific information about him, the official said.

When the police asked for his residential proof like Aadhaar card, he was not able to provide it.

A senior police official said during questioning, Hussain admitted that he is an illegal Bangladeshi migrant and came to India without any proper documents.

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