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Saturday, 2 March, 2002, 15:27 GMT
West Bengal denies arrest of top militant

The government in the Indian state of West Bengal has denied reports that it has arrested a top Muslim militant in connection with an arson attack on a train at Godhra, in Gujurat on Wednesday.

The state's home secretary, Amit K. Deb told the BBC that two suspected militants had been taken into custody but that the arrests were not related to the attack on the train.

Earlier, the West Bengal chief secretary, Sourin Roy, was quoted as saying that a commander of a radical Muslim Harkat-ul-Jehad-e-Islami group had been detained in connection with the attack.

He did not name the man but said he had been arrested by special forces on a passenger train entering the state.

More than 50 Hindus died in the train attack which has sparked a wave of sectarian violence in India.

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