The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing the Burdwan blast case, has said that the accused were radicalised in “violent jihadi ideology” in a madrasa and the agency had also identified a number of other key persons associated with them. The group allegedly belonged to Bangladesh-based Jamaat-e-Mujahideen Bangladesh, a banned terror outfit in the neighbouring country.
A joint interrogation team of officials of CID West Bengal, NIA and central intelligence agencies were interrogating the three arrested accused — Razia Bibi, Amina Bibi and Badrul Alam Molla. Shakil Ahmed, one of the main accused, died in the Burdwan house while assembling explosives.
An NIA statement said, “The NIA officers also visited the Simulia madrasa, located in Burdwan district, where the accused were radicalised in violent Jehadi ideology. NIA teams are camping in Burdwan, Kolkata, Nadia and Assam in connection with the investigation.”
The Home Ministry cited the threat posed by JMB and its sizeable presence in India to hand over the investigations of the Burdwan blasts case to the NIA from West Bengal’s CID. The ministry in an order to the West Bengal government said that central intelligence agencies had credible inputs about the presence of the group and their subservive activities in other parts of the country as well. Another official said the group was running terror camps in the bordering areas of West Bengal.
Another NIA statement said, “Six persons suspected to be connected with the conspiracy, have been arrested by Assam police in Assam.”