On a day when the National Security Advisor (NSA) and senior Home Ministry officials took up the Burdwan blast issue with West Bengal government, investigators said they had identified at least 30 members of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) active in India.
Of these, four, including two women, have been arrested while two were killed while fabricating IEDs in the Khagragarh house.
Sources said that so far there was no evidence of JMB’s link to terrorist outfits active in India or their affiliation to any international terror group.
“So far the investigations have not revealed about any link of JMB to any terrorist outfit based in India like the Indian Mujahideen or the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). We also have no information about their link to similar outfits across the border,” said a senior official.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) said the members of the group were spread across West Bengal, Assam and some southern states. The agency has so far conducted more than 150 raids in connection with the case.
“NIA is still piecing clues that would help it to disrupt the Bangladesh-based outfit’s network. The main accused interrogated by NIA has yet not disclosed whether the IEDs were meant for India or they were for use in Bangladesh,” said the official.
Officials said of the 30 people identified by NIA, a few were Indians but most belonged to Bangladesh.