A man suspected to be involved in the 2002 terror attack on the American Centre in Kolkata has been arrested in Bihar’s Gaya district, police said on Saturday.
Gaya Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Garima Malik said Mohammad Sarwar, the suspect, was arrested late Friday night by the joint team of Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) of Gujarat, Jharkhand and local police.
“Sarwar was taken by the ATS team to Gujarat after arresting,” she said.
According to police officials, ATS Gujarat along with Jharkhand and local police raided a house in Neemchak Bathani area following information provided about the suspect by another arrested terror suspect during questioning.
Sarwar is considered an operative of the banned group Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).
Sarwar is also an accused in the 2002 Hazaribagh terror attack, in which one Pakistani terrorist was killed.
“ATS Gujarat and Jharkhand police will question him separately,” police said.
Two motorcycle-borne men had indiscriminately fired with an AK-47 assault rifle at policemen outside the American Centre on Jawaharlal Nehru Road in Kolkata on January 22, 2002, killing six of them and injuring 14 others.