When Special Task Force team from Kolkata tried to secure SK Asadullah alias Raja of Burdwan in West Bengal from his house at Canalpuram, his neighbours, all construction workers, prevented him from being taken away. Following this, the team from West Bengal sought the help of local police.
Asadullah was kept at Neelankarai police station overnight and moved to Thoraipakkam as the location he was picked up from falls in their jurisdiction. In the afternoon, he was then taken to Alandur court, which granted the STF permission to take him to Kolkata for interrogation to know whether he played any role in the 2013 Bodh Gaya blasts.
His capture came after 22-year-old Mohammed Abul Kashem alias Kashem, who was arrested in Kolkata on September 1, mentioned Asadullah as his friend. Asadullah is said to have returned from Kolkata on the day when Abul Kashem was arrested.
“Asadullah was the closest aide of Ejaz Ahmad, the head of India operations of JMB, who was nabbed by STF recently from Gaya. Asadullah fled moments before we conducted a raid at Gaya along with Bihar STF and recovered explosive materials, including detonators. He often travelled to Gaya and Itahar from Chennai to store components required to prepare explosives,” claimed Kolkata police.