New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday vented his anger on way Karnataka police arrested a suspect terrorist from Darbhanga in Bihar, without formally informing the state police. Bangalore Crime Branch officials arrested Kafil Akhtar from Darbhanga for his alleged involvement in the M Chinnaswamy cricket stadium blasts.
"I have got information from police officials in Bihar that Karnataka police have arrested a person in Darbhanga. We have sought a report on this. I raised this issue during NCTC meeting. This is not right, there was no information with us. We will send this information to the Home Ministry. The law of the land should be followed," the Bihar Chief Minister said.
The arrest of Akhtar from Barasmela village in Bihar's Darbhanga district by a Karnataka police team has once again raised the issue of jurisdiction of a state police force conducting operations in another state. Nitish Kumar's outburst will also give Home Minister P Chidambaram one more chance to point out that if a central anti-terror body like the NCTC is created, it would lead to better co-ordination while dealing with terror cases.
While Akhtar was arrested in Bihar, the transit remand for taking him to Karnataka was obtained in Jharkhand's capital Ranchi. According to Darbhanga Superintendent of Police Garima Malik the Karnataka police did not cotanct or nor inform the local police before arresting Akhtar, the son of one Abdul Salam.
On April 17, 2010, two low-intensity explosions outside a packed M Chinnaswamy cricket stadium less than an hour before an IPL match left at least 15 persons, including five security men, injured.
"Kafil Akhtar was caught in Jharkhand and belongs to Darbhanga (Bihar). Akhtar was involved in planning and procuring materials to carry out the stadium blasts. He is yet to be brought to Bangalore. We will interrogate him further once we get police custody," said B Dayanand, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Bangalore City.