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NIA hands over list of militants to Bangladesh
Observer Online Report
Publish Date : 2014-11-17,  Publish Time : 20:30,  View Count : 15
Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA) has formally handed over Bangladesh a list of several suspected militants involved in bomb explosions in Bardhaman of the West Bengal state.

Visiting NIA delegation held a meeting with senior officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs and different law enforcing agencies at the home ministry on Monday evening and handed over the list of the names during the meeting.

A four-member team of NIA arrived in Dhaka on Monday on a two-day official visit to know whether the militants of Bangladesh were involved in Bardhaman's Khagragarh blast.  

Monirul Islam, joint commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) who attended the meeting among others, told reporters: "They (NIA) have given several names. We don't know whether they are Bangladeshis or Indians, because a single militant uses even one hundred names. However, we'll examine the names."

Monirul further said, "We held a detailed discussion so that the militant outfits including Jamaatul Mujahedin Bangladesh (JMB) cannot carry on their activities or build their bases here in Bangladesh or India."

Earlier, the members of the delegation held a meeting with the Home Affairs Secretary and senior officials of the law enforcing agencies at the Ministry of Home Affairs.

After the meeting, Home Secretary Mozammel Huq Khan said the NIA thinks the miscreants might be India or Bangladesh citizens. "They sought cooperation from us in this regard. We have already constituted a committee headed by Kamal Uddin Ahmed, additional secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs. The committee will exchange information with the NIA about the militants and their activities."

On October 2 last, two people--Shakil Ahmed and Subhan Mondol--were killed and one Abdul Hakim were injured in Bardhaman blasts. In its primary investigation, the NIA learnt that they were the members of banned JMB outfit.

India media reported that Sajid who was arrested in connection with Bardhaman blasts was a resident of Farazikanda area of Narayanganj district. In its preliminary report, the NIA said the JMB had planned to build an Islamic State, comprising Murshidabad, Maldah and Nadia districts. Four among 12 people involved in the blasts belonged to Bangladesh.

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