NIA quizzes Somalian but gets no lead, hunt on for IM operative

The NIA team that quizzed a Somalian and a Hyderabad resident in East Champaran on Monday did not get any substantive lead on Hyderabad blasts. The sleuths did not take them on remand and left Motihari after getting convinced that it was not the foreign national that the agency had been looking for.

The East Champaran police had arrested Somalian Abdullah Omar Makrani and Hyderabad resident Mohammed Abdul Alam last week at Raxual when they entered Bihar from Nepal. While Makrani was arrested for not carrying valid travel documents, the Hyderabad resident was arrested for assisting him.

East Champaran SP Ganesh Kumar confirmed the interrogation of the two by NIA team. The district police, however, is not taking any chances and will quiz them further. Makrani did not get Indian visa and so he got Nepal visa and tried to sneak in.

There were intelligence inputs about a Somalian with 6.2 feet height reaching India. But Makrani is 5.7 feet tall. Meanwhile, another NIA team has intensified search for suspected IM operative and Samastipur resident Tehsim alias Monu, a and close aide of Riyaz and Yasin Bhatkal. Monu, wanted in Chinnaswami Stadium blast, has been reportedly hiding in Nepal. NIA has not ruled out his involvement in Hyderabad blast. Two brothers from Begusarai, Mohammed Jayed and Mohammed Shaad, who had left Hyderabad an hour after the blast, have been kept under surveillance.

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