After conducting raids at various locations in West Bengal, India, the National Investigating Agency (NIA) detained two Muslims, identified as Merazuddin Ali Khan, a resident of Bokaro, and Mir Mohammed Nuruzzaman, a native of West Bengal’s Birbhum district, on Friday, March 31. As Jihad Watch stated in a preliminary report on Thursday, the arrested individuals were linked to the seizure of a massive cache of electric detonators in Birbhum in June last year.
During a press conference following the arrests, the NIA representative said, “While Mir Mohammed Nuruzzaman had supplied 27,000 kg of ammonium nitrate to Rintu Sk, Merazuddin Ali Khan had provided electric detonators and gelatine sticks to Rintu Sk.” The agency has also confirmed that in July 2022, West Bengal’s Special Task Unit raided Birbhum district’s Mahammad Bazar neighbourhood – a Muslim-dominated area — and detained a pick-up vehicle carrying 81,000 detonators. The officials have confirmed that the criminals were planning an explosion, but that the authorities disrupted their plot by capturing three individuals in connection with the case.
The NIA statement further added that after the cache of detonators was seized, the Tata Sumo driver was arrested and led the officials to a stash of illegally stored explosives. Apart from 27,000 kg of ammonium nitrate, they also found 31,625 kg of gelatine sticks and 2,325 more electric detonators.
The Union Home Ministry had tasked the NIA to conduct a detailed inquiry, and they took over the investigations from the Birbhum District Police in September 2022. In January 2023, this investigation made its first significant advance with the arrest of Rintu Sk. Reportedly, the second detainee, Mir Mohammed Nuruzzaman was employed as a software engineer in the IT department of West Bengal’s Education Ministry, Bikash Bhawan, which is situated in the hub of the capital city. In other words, this jihad terror suspect had unrestricted access to one of the state government’s significant offices as an employee. Both defendants were scheduled to be presented on Saturday before the NIA special court.
Ammonium nitrate is an ingredient used for making bombs. The quantity of this explosive recovered from the detainees was enough to flatten massive areas. The horrific 2020 Beirut explosion that claimed 218 lives, left 7,000 injured, and caused property damage worth US $15 billion, rendering 300,000 people homeless, was caused by 2,750 tons of the substance, which is equivalent to around 1.1 kilotons of TNT. Now draw a relevant comparison of what amount of damage 27,000 kg of ammonium nitrate could cause to an Indian city had these jihadists been successful. This substance could lead to the energy release of close to 11,000 kg of TNT, which, according to ex-armed forces personnel, was enough to blow up the entire state of West Bengal and more.
Evidently, war-level jihad preparations against the Hindu-majority country are proceeding underground. At the same time, Islamic apologists continue to propagate fake stories of Muslim genocide in India in order to distract the world at large.