The chargesheet in the Burdwan blast case, to be submitted by the National Investigating Agency (NIA) to the court on March 31, allegedly claims that the Burdwan module of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) was trying to bring ‘Sharia law’ in some districts on the Indo-Bangladesh border — a glaring instance of ‘re-emergence of JMB’ in India.
Sources in the NIA said the chargesheet, which will be submitted within six months of the blast, will give details about the JMB module working in Burdwan.
In October 2014, an explosion had occurred in a house in Burdwan’s Khagragarh locality. Two suspected JMB operatives were killed and a third injured. The police seized 55 crude bombs, RDX, wrist watch dials and SIM cards.
The NIA, while describing JMB’s Burdwan module, has reportedly claimed in its chargesheet that the explosives were scheduled to reach the bordering areas in Assam. Sources said the agency has no evidence to prove that the explosives were smuggled to Bangladesh.
All the 17 arrested in the Burdwan blast case have been charged under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
Those arrested, including a Bangladeshi and two “hardcore women Jihadis”, have been accused of carrying out “terrorist activities” and “making and dealing with explosives and arms”, the chargesheet reportedly stated.
In November, last year, Bangladeshi national Sajid alias Sheikh Rahamatullah — the main accused in the case — was arrested. He is allegedly the chief commander of JMB.
Besides those arrested, the NIA is currently looking for 10 people. They include Boma Mizan alias Kausar alias Zahidul Islam Shobhan — accused in over two dozen cases in Bangladesh. One of the most wanted criminals in Bangladesh, he had fled from the custody of Bangladeshi Police.
Meanwhile, the charge-sheet also focused on Khariji madrasas in the bordering districts.
The NIA reportedly has mentioned two madrasas — Simulia in Burdwan and Mukimnagar in Murshidabad — as “terror training” centres.
While probing the Burdwan blast, the NIA has examined and recorded the statements of around 275 witnesses. The chargesheet is reportedly supported by over a dozen statements recorded under Section 164 of the CrPC.