Three days after six people were killed in a cycle bomb blast in Jalpaiguri,police have arrested a former Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) leader and launched an all out search operation for the top leaders of the underground outfit.
We arrested Chandan Roy,a former KLO member,from Panbari area of the district Thursday. Our investigations are on the right path, Amit Javalgi,SP,Jalpaiguri said.
The SP said some persons have also been detained in connection with the blast and they are being interrogated to find out their role in the blast.
To avoid a law and order issue,District Magistrate Pritha Sarkar has imposed prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC in some places of Jalpaiguri in view of procession of some political parties.
Section 144 has been imposed in the Paharpur area where the blast took place and near the DMs office, Javalgi said,adding the Kamtapur Peoples Party (KPP) was scheduled to hold a meeting in the area. However,we will not allow them to enter the town, he added.
According to sources in police,some text messages in Chandan Roys mobile phone have established the former KLO members actively involvement in the incident.
At least seven SIM cards were recovered from the blast site. While six belonged to the victims,police officers are yet to trace the owner of the last SIM card,which was found in the bag that was tied to the cycle on which the bomb was strapped. It is being suspected that the SIM card was being used by the link an of KLO.
Meanwhile,police have launched search operations for KLO top leaders Tom Adhikary and Malkhan Singh. According to sources,12 special teams have been despatched to in six districts in north Bengal. We are working closely with the Assam Police,as the KLO is most active in the lower Assam area. We have information that some senior KLO members have taken shelter in forest camps in lower Assam, a senior police official said.
We are also trying to find out whether any other outfit from the north-east is involved in the incident, said Sashikanta Pujari,IG,North Bengal.
A bomb strapped to a cycle went off Thursday killing six persons near Bajrapara area on Thursday.
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Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) has repeatedly denied involvement in Thursdays bomb blast in Jalpaiguri and feigned ignorance about the bus firing in Malda a day later. Police,however,said both incidents are part of the same terror plot hatched by the outfit in North Bengal.
Police swung into action Sunday by arresting four senior Kamtapur Peoples Party (KPP) leaders. Subhash Burman,a central committee member of KPP,Satish Rajbanshi,a senior KPP leader,Anidya Roy and Fallen Burman were picked from their residences. They are now being interrogated,a senior police official said.
KPP is an overground outfit spearheading the movement for a separate Kamtapur state.
Kalyan Mukherjee,SP,Malda said: We are looking for Malkhan Singh,alias Madhab Mobdal. He is absconding for several months and is one of the senior KLO leaders. According to sources,Malkhan Singh is the mastermind behind the attack and carried out a recruitment drive in the area.
Meanwhile,on Saturday seven were detained for questioning after gunshots were fired at a bus in Malda district injuring atleast three.
The cartridges found at the spot were the cartridges of auto loaded rifles,police said. Remains of the cartridges were sent to forensic experts to find out the nature of the firearms used.
The Malda bus owners have called a strike to protest the firing Sunday.