Ezaz Ahmed in photo released by Kolkata Police.
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Kolkata: The city police have arrested the suspected India chief of militant outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).

According to Kolkata Police, its Special Task Force (STF) has nabbed Ezaz Ahmed from a hideout in Gaya in Bihar. The youth, who is in his 30’s, also identifies himself as Ezazul and Jitu.

Ezaz, trained as an engineer, is a native of Avinashpur village at Parui in Birbhum district. He reportedly joined JMB in 2008 and became its India head in 2014 after Kausar was arrested by the NIA for the Khagragarh Blast.

Police claim that his responsibility was to induct new members from India, especially, from Bengal and the northeast. Furthermore, he was allegedly one of the masterminds behind the bomb blast in Gaya during Dalai Lama’s visit in 2018.

STF had been looking for him for a while as he kept on changing hideouts frequently. Finally, late last week the sleuths got a concrete tip-off that Ezaz is hiding in a house at Pathn Toli village in Gaya.

A four-member STF team left for Gaya and managed to nab him early today 26 August. Police say that some “digital documents pertaining to terrorism” have been found in his possession.

Ezaz will be produced in a local court in Gaya and brought to Kolkata on transit remand. STF is hoping that his custodial interrogation will help it crack the entire JMB module active in Bengal.