Imphal: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested one more accused in the Kwakta Scorpio Bomb Blast Case on Thursday. According to a press note from NIA, the arrested person is Md Islauddin Khan. NIA arrested him in coordination with the Manipur police. After his arrest, Md Islauddin Khan was produced before the jurisdictional court at Imphal whereupon, the court remanded the accused to NIA custody for 7 days.
The case was initially registered by the Manipur Police, vide FIR no. 635(6)2023 dated 21.06.2023 at PGCI Police Station, sub division Moirang, Bishnupur District and later re-registered by the NIA on 23.06.2023 at Imphal. NIA Investigations in RC 01/2023/NIA/IMP revealed the involvement of Islauddin in the bomb blast.
Two accused persons have been arrested in the bomb blast case so far, the first being Md Noor Hussain. NIA arrested him in an intelligence-based joint operation with Assam Police on October 16.
The bomb blast took place on June 21 amid the Manipur violence in an IED laden Scorpio vehicle parked over a bridge located in the area of Phougakchao Ikhai Awang Leikai and Kwakta along Tiddim road in Bishnupur District, Manipur. Three persons were injured and the bridge, along with nearby houses, got damaged as a result of the bomb blast.
Further investigations into the case are in progress.