Jalpaiguri blast toll rises to six

The death toll in Thursday’s bomb blast at Jalpaiguri rose to six when one of the injured undergoing treatment at North Bengal Medical College Hospital succumbed to his injuries Saturday.

Written by Express News Service | Jalpaiguri | Published: December 29, 2013 12:30:34 am

The death toll in Thursday’s bomb blast at Jalpaiguri rose to six when one of the injured undergoing treatment at North Bengal Medical College Hospital succumbed to his injuries Saturday.

Five persons were killed and 11 injured in the explosion at Barjrapra bridge Friday evening. Though Kamptapur Liberation Organisation ( KLO),fighting for a separate state of Kamtapur in north Bengal,was suspected to be behind the blast,the outfit has refused to take responsibility for it.

Gautam Deb,minister for North Bengal development,said “external forces” were behind the blast. A National Investigation Agency team visited the place Saturday to collected samples.

State Congress president Pradip Bhattacharya visited the site of the explosion Friday at Jalpaiguri and said he had urged Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to look into the matter.

Meanwhile,the police have arrested seven persons in connection with the incident of firing at a bus at Habibpur in Malda district Friday evening,in which at least three persons were injured. The police again suspect the KLO for this incident. “We have informed all federal security agencies regarding the matter,’” Kalyan Mukherjee,Superintendent of Police,said at Malda.

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