GUWAHATI, Oct 10 - The National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Guwahati has formally taken over the case from Assam Police in connection with banned militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen’s attempt to expand its network in the State.
Sources informed that the NIA has registered a case today and a team has been constituted to probe the case.
The Central agency has been keeping a close eye on the developments along with Assam and Uttar Pradesh Police after hardcore terrorist of the outfit Qamar-uz-Zama was arrested by the anti-terrorism squad of Uttar Pradesh Police from Kanpur.
Qamar-uz-Zama hails from Assam, and as per the investigating agency, he was entrusted with the responsibility to strengthen the outfit's network in the State. He had also undergone training in Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan.
Hojai Police, which took over the case subsequently, has so far arrested eight persons for their alleged links with the terror outfit.
Qamar-uz-Zama, who was taken into custody by Assam Police recently, was sent back to Uttar Pradesh by a flight today. He will be produced before a court in Uttar Pradesh tomorrow.
Sources said that Zama during questioning revealed that the outfit was attempting to bring more youths from the State into its fold.