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Monday, October 13, 2014

One arrested in Baishnabnagar explosion, Intelligence failure alleged

Malda, 13 October, 2014: Another gigantic blast in Baishnabnagar block of the district on Sunday after the one in English Bazaar on 5 October has raised several questions regarding the intelligence network of district police. Though none was arrested in connection to the blast at Narendrapur village in English Bazaar, police arrested Ismatara Bibi, the wife of Kamal Sheikh (56) from Bajeaptipara village of Binnagar II gram panchayat in Baishnabnagar after the crude bombs exploded in their house. Known as a Trinamul Congress activist Kamal Sheikh has however gone absconding since the blast.

Kamal Sheikh's house where the bombs went off on Sunday afternoon (Photo: VoM)
Just few hours before the Baishnabnagar-blast on Sunday state BJP president Rahul Sinha had alleged that Malda police were more busy belittling the blast in Narendrapur in English Bazaar than unearth the ploy. Interestingly, Sinha apprehended that ‘such indifference of police’ may lead to further blasts in the district and the Baishnabnagar blast was reported when the state BHP chief was still in Malda.

Police sources, however, informed that turf war between Trinamul factions has kept Bajeaptipara village rocking since long. The bombs were piled up at Kalam Sheikh’s house for using in the violence against another faction of the ruling party, police anticipate. Those bombs were kept in a pit next to Kamal’s room. The explosion was so severe that the earthen roof of the house was blown off. Kamal fled soon after those bombs went off.

Additional SP Abhishek Modi rushed to the spot quickly after the blast and recovered huge number of crude bombs from Kalam Sheikh’s house. His wife Ismatara Bibi was arrested and police started a case against her under section 3 (IV) of the explosive act. She was produced in court on Monday and the magistrate sent her to police custody for seven days.

Ismatara Bibi being taken to court on Monday (Photo: VoM)
District Trinamul president Dr Moazzem Hossain also virtually conceded that the unrest at Bajeaptipara village was the consequence Trinamul’s factional fight. “Both the gram panchayats of Binnagar are run by our party. The miscreants who have been flexing muscles there are introducing themselves as Trinamul supporters. We do not disown them too. But I requested the police to arrest the miscreants irrespective of their political colour,” Dr Hossain said.

CPI-M organized arally this evening demanding the arrest of the Trinamul miscreants involved in the blast.

SP Prasun Banerjee refused to comment on the allegation of ‘intelligence failure.’ Rather certifying the police action Banerjee said, “Additional SP reached the spot in merely 20 minutes after the blast. Bombs were recovered. A woman was arrested. We are interrogating her to get more information. Malda police have been dealing with such crimes with zero tolerance.”

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