Bhopal-Ujjain train blast accused makes shocking revelation; Bara Imambara, UP dargah and Shia cleric were also on target

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New Delhi | Published: March 27, 2017 10:59:26 AM

Syed Mir Husain, one of the three accused of the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train blast that took place on March 7, during interrogation revealed to the National Investigation Agency.

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Syed Mir Husain, one of the three accused of the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train blast that took place on March 7, during interrogation revealed to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) that the passenger train was not their only target. The group had earlier planned to attack the other places in Uttar Pradesh including Dewa Sharif (a dargah in Barabanki), the Bara Imambara in Lucknow and a leading Shia cleric, according to an Indian Express report. Syed Mir Husain was arrested within a few hours of the blast from Pipariya in the Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh. It was revealed during the interrogation that the group spent an entire day to understand the security arrangements and movement of pilgrims at the dargah in Barabanki. He also said that the Bara Imambara in Lucknow and Shia cleric Maulana Salman Hussaini Nadvi were also on their list.

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Husain during his interrogation told NIA that they visited several places in and around Lucknow in order to, “fix the targets, to implement the sharia law, to have a jihad and to have bomb blasts and commit murder at fixed places” before “settling down in Arab or other countries”. They even did a full survey of Shia cleric Maulana Salman Hussaini Nadvi’s house, took photographs of his house, cars and monitored all his movements.

Other accused in the blast case- Mohammed Danish, Atif Muzaffar were held from Pipariya and they in NIA’s custody till March 27. Saifullah, who was neutralised during a gunfight with the UP anti-terror squad was a co-conspirator in the case. According to Indian Express reports, the accused went to the Barabanki dargah in the first week of February and even took photos of the same with their phones.

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