The police stated “the ISI link to the November 20 train disaster, in which 150 people were killed, was being suspected after the interrogation of the trio.”
During questioning, the trio provided some “positive lead” about the Indore-Patna Express derailment in Kanpur, District Superintendent of Police Jitendra Rana said. He said ATS and central agencies have been informed of the same for comprehensive investigation.
Speaking to reporters, Rana said that Moti Paswan, Uma Shankar Patel and Mukesh Yadav were arrested from Adapur police station area and that they allegedly confessed to getting paid a sum of three lakhs to plant a bomb on railway tracks at Ghorasan in East Champaran district, bordering Nepal, in October 1 last year by a Nepalese man Brajesh Giri, who allegedly has connections with Shamsul Hoda of Dubai who has links with ISI.
“Fortunately, the bomb was detected with the help of locals at Ghorasan and defused which prevented the sinister designs of the terror elements,” Rana said.
The arrested were professional criminals and were involved in more than a dozen criminal cases. The arrest of the trio came in course of investigation in the murder of two persons of East Champaran district in Nepal on December 28 last year for failing to successfully blast bomb on track in Ghorasan, he said.
Efforts are on to arrest, in this connection, two others identified as Gajendra Sharma and Rakesh Yadav, who are “hiding” in East Champaran, he said.
While three persons were arrested from East Champaran, a district bordering Nepal, three others have been captured earlier at Tailaya in Nepal for targeting railways on behalf of suspected terror elements in India, the SP said.
Indian Mujahideen chief Yasin Bhatkal was arrested from Raxaul in the district in August 2013.