Bhopal-Ujjain train blast accused remanded to NIA custody till March 27

Bhopal Additional District Judge (NIA) Girish Dixit on Thursday remanded the three accused of triggering an IED blast on the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train on March 7 to NIA custody till March 27.

The three accused identified as Danish Akhtar, Syed Mir Hussain and Atish Mohhammed were arrested by the Madhya Pradesh ATS hours after a bomb exploded in the Ujjain bound Bhopal-Ujjain train near the Javdi railway station in Shahjapur district of Madhya Pradesh. The three were arrested from a toll booth in Piparia in Hoshangabad district. 10 people were injured in the blast.

The Madhya Pradesh ATS initially investigated the case and reportedly recovered incriminating material from the mobile phones of the three accused that suggested that they were inspired by the ideology of terrorist organisation ISIS and were in touch with their handlers in Syria.

One of the accused in the Bhopal-Ujjain train bomb blast. Photo: Hemender SharmaThe MP ATS interrogation of the three accused arrested from Piparia led the investigators to Mohammad Saiful of Lucknow who was believed to be part of an ISIS module preparing to trigger blasts across the country. Mohammad Saiful was killed by the UP police in an encounter that lasted for over 12 hours in the Thakurganj area of Lucknow on March 7 and 8.

The UP police, however, later denied Saiful's association with terrorist organisation ISIS and said he was self inspired. Also the UP police claimed that Danish Akhtar, Syed Mir Hussain, Atish Mohammed lived together in a rented property in Lucknow.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, however, had gone on record claiming the three arrested by the MP ATS were terrorists having links with terror organisation ISIS.

The Union government handed over the investigations of the Bhopal Ujjain train blast and UP ISIS module to the NIA which took over the respective case diaries on March 15.

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