Probe to look at Burdwan as explosives hub, ED joins

The separate inquiry, to be conducted by the NIA and ED, will look into the funding of bomb- and explosives-making.

Written by Madhuparna Das | Kolkata | Published: October 26, 2014 2:53 am

NSG commandos during a search operation at the home of one of the accused, Rezaul Karim, where they reportedly recovered 35 live bombs; Hara Sheikh, Khairul Sheikh and Azaur Sheikh, construction workers in Kerala, had come home to Simulia for Eid but can’t leave for work because of the probe into the blast.

NSG commandos during a search operation at the home of one of the accused, Rezaul Karim, where they reportedly recovered 35 live bombs; Hara Sheikh, Khairul Sheikh and Azaur Sheikh, construction workers in Kerala, had come home to Simulia for Eid but can’t leave for work because of the probe into the blast.

AFTER the visit of NIA Director Sharad Kumar to the Burdwan blast site and a review meeting, central agencies have decided to expand the investigation and probe why Burdwan and its surrounding areas have become an explosives hub.

The separate inquiry, to be conducted by the NIA and Enforcement Directorate, will look into the funding of bomb- and explosives-making units in Burdwan and its adjoining pockets, the raw material procurement sources and the supply chain.

Even as Kumar was holding meetings with his officers on Friday over the Burdwan blast findings, Parui in Birbhum was rocked by bombs and a deadly daylight attack on the officer in-charge of the Parui police station, during raids that led to seizure of over 300 bombs.
The ED, in fact, has already started probe into the money trail of the October 2 Khagragarh blast in Burdwan, clubbing previous cases of explosions in the district in the last five years. These had also resulted in deaths.

Confirming this, a senior ED officer said a team of three people had been sent to the district and met Burdwan SP S M Mirza apart from local officers. The team visited the site of the blast as well as the home where the Khagragarh accused stayed.

The previous cases the ED is looking into include one of 2009 under the Ketugram police station in which two people were killed while making bombs, the Pandabswar police station case of 2010 in which a huge house blew up after bombs stocked there exploded, and the seizure of a large amount of arms and explosives from a Mangalkot village in 2013.

The ED will be working closely with the NIA, though the focus of its probe would be tracking the money trail and funding of the ‘bomb industry’ in the region. “The bombs in the 2009 case were not the same as in the recent blast. However, in both, countrymade bombs were used. In Kharagarh, these bombs were sophisticated with several types of chemicals which cannot be procured in the open market. We have to identify the supply chain for these raw materials and the finances,” said an official.

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    Anjan
    Oct 26, 2014 at 5:16 pm
    Nation first then comes region this should be the motto of any and all patriots.
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    1. Mahender Goriganti
      Oct 26, 2014 at 10:05 pm
      It is more of minority politics than paintings scams, though is a part of he larger scheme of selling the mother for anything to self fulfill ambitions. None realities that money scaremonger do not raise that it is only so much they can eat and can take nothing with thy die, get smoked or burried
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      1. Rajiv Pande
        Oct 27, 2014 at 12:11 am
        Nine of this can happen without TMC's explicit support.
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          Prakash
          Oct 26, 2014 at 6:59 am
          One must go to the root of the problem. Central government must consute a high power agency to investigate , analyse and control the humungous demographic changes which have happened duing the last few decades. Unless this is done Indian administration will remain busy in these type of incidents and resources will get wasted in bringing in social peace instead of much needed development.
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            Citizen
            Oct 26, 2014 at 1:18 pm
            This is what we can expect when the CM is busy with her paintings and using the law enforcement people to snub her critics instead of for the real purpose for what they are meant She can not take any constructive criticism like the other party who suspended/relived of the duties for praising the good work of PM Jaihind
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