The NIA has let off a relative of one of the Patna serial blast suspects, Tabish, after questioning him for the past two days. They have said that the relative, Saddam Hussain, had no connection with the blasts.
A contractual worker with a central government firm, Hussain had admitted to NIA that Tabish had stayed at his place on October 8 and 9.
Sources said Hussain belonged to a well-educated family and had no criminal antecedents.
“It was routine questioning after Tabish’s arrest. Tabish had not said anything about his relative’s direct or indirect involvement in the Patna serial blast,” said an NIA official.
Tabish was arrested from Motihari and handed over to Patna police soon after the October 27 serial blasts. While Tabish was reportedly not present in Patna at the time of the blasts, he is believed to have known Imtiaz and Haider who, along with four others, are accused of planting 18 bombs targeting Narendra Modi’s rally in Patna that day.
Seven of these had gone off, one at the Patna railway station and the others in and around Gandhi Maidan, the venue of the Hunkar Rally.