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Posted on Dec 20, 01:48PM | IBNS
A militant of the Islamic terrorist organisation Harkat-ul-Jihadi-al-Islami (HuJI), accused in the abduction of shoe baron Partha Roy Burman, has been arrested in the city by a special task force of Kolkata Police.
Joint Commissioner of police (STF) Rajeev Kumar on Thursday said the 45-year-old militant, identified as Muijanur Rahman, has been arrested from the city's port area last night following a specific information.
Rehman, who remained holed up in Bangladesh for about 12 years, recently sneaked into Kolkata.
Kumar said some 'suspicious objects and pamphlets' had been recovered from his possession.
Said to be an associate of Indian Mujahideen (IM) founder Amir Reza Khan in the 2001 abduction case, Rehman is expected to be produced in court on Thursday.
Roy Burman, the owner of shoe company Khadim, was abducted near his factory in the Tiljala area on the city's eastern fringe on July 23, 2001.
He was released after eight days reportedly after his family paid the abductors a ransom of Rs. 3.5 crore.
Roy Burman and the members of his family, however, denied having entered into any negotiation with the abductors and paid the ransom.
The incident put police on the trail of Aftab Ansari, a Dubai-based don, who was later awarded death penalty in the 2002 terror attack on the American Center in Kolkata, Asif Reja Khan, his brother Amir and several other persons.
Ansari and four other co-accused were sentenced to life imprisonment by a special court in 2009 for their involvement in the Roy Burman abduction case.
Asif Reja Khan, another prime accused, had already been shot dead by police in an encounter in Gujarat, while his brother Amir has been in hiding in Pakistan.
Muijanur Rehman was among few other accused, who had also been absconding.