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Mamata govt admits to terror link in Burdwan blast
Observer Online Desk
Publish Date : 2014-10-07,  Publish Time : 21:32,  View Count : 8
KOLKATA/BURDWAN: The Mamata Banerjee government on Monday came around to concede that last Thursday's accidental bomb blast in Burdwan involved al-Qaida linked Bangladeshi terrorist organization, Jamaat ul Mujahideen, even as it struggled to fend off pressure from political opponents to let National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe the explosions.

A joint state task force, headed by the CID, said in a report to the state home department that a Bangladeshi terror outfit was behind the blast and that those killed and the accused are its cadre. The report came amid growing evidence of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen's involvement in the explosions and indications that central agencies may have "nudged" the state government to revisit its earlier stand attributing the blasts to a battle between gangs of criminals aligned with two major political parties.

The changed stance encouraged BJP and CPM to step up their criticism of the state government.

Arguing that the state government cannot be trusted to conduct a fair probe, CPM's Amal Haldar sought the immediate removal of Burdwan SP, S M H Meerza, and a probe against him.

BJP went a step further and demanded that the investigation be handed over to the NIA.

"The blast is an act of terror and it has implications on international and national security. The state should hand over the investigations to NIA. The Centre will put pressure on the state to hand over the investigation," BJP general secretary Siddharth Nath Singh told agencies. He said it is a matter of national security — an aspect which should not be neglected for narrow political interests of TMC.

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