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NIA detains Saddam Hussain for Patna blasts.

THE NATIONAL Investigation Agency ( NIA) has detained the son of a Bihar government official in connection with the October 27 Patna serial blasts.

Sources said the investigating agency had picked up Saddam Hussain -- the son of a state government official posted in the statistics department -- from Kunkun Singh Lane near Patna University on Friday night.

Saddam had allegedly given refuge to a key blasts case accused Tabish Niyaz alias Arshad Ansari, a resident of Alouli in East Champaran district. Tabish had been arrested in the case earlier.

Tabish is learnt to have told his interrogators that he had come to Patna on October 6 and stayed at a hotel for two days. He, thereafter, shifted to Saddam on October 8, where he stayed put for three days. Tabish told the sleuths that he had done a reconnaissance of Gandhi Maidan and adjoining areas in the second week of October.

Tabish, who was said to be one of the planners of the terror strike along with Indian Mujahideen ( IM) mastermind Tehseen Akhtar and Imtiyaz Ansari, said that he had befriended Saddam last year and hatched the plot at his place.

He is said to have told the investigators that Tehseen Akhtar had also come to Saddam's place on October 8 and 10 and hatched the plot to plant 18 bombs at different places in Patna ahead of Modi's rally. Sources said some text messages exchanged between Saddam and the alleged conspirators had also been found.

The Patna police had received Tabish's remand for seven days on Friday. There was, however, no confirmation of Saddam's arrest.

Six persons were killed and 82 others injured when seven bombs went off in quick succession at Modi's rally on last Sunday. The Patna police and the Railway Protection Force arrested Imtiyaz Ansari soon after the first blast inside a toilet at Patna Junction took place on October 27.

Another accused Ainul alias Tariq succumbed to his injuries at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences in Patna on Friday.

He had received fatal injuries while planting a bomb at the Patna Railway Station.

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