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Man who survived Burdwan blast held

The alleged kingpin, Shakil Ahmed, and another of his accomplice, Shobon Mondal, had died in the explosion.

Written by Madhuparna Das | Kolkata | Published: October 8, 2014 12:05:31 am

After doctors declared that Abdul Hakim, who was seriously injured in the October 2 blast at a rented house in Burdwan, was out of danger, the West Bengal Police on Tuesday arrested him. The CID, which is probing the case, is banking heavily on Hakim’s statements as he is one of the key suspects and the only surviving link who can give “significant leads” in the investigation. The alleged kingpin, Shakil Ahmed, and another of his accomplice, Shobon Mondal, had died in the explosion.

“But until Hakim is not discharged (from the hospital), he cannot be produced before the court. There is a need for a surgery. After which he would undergo treatment for few days before being discharged,” said Dilip Adak, DIG (CID), who is leading the probe.

According to sources in the CID, Hakim’s wife, who was earlier arrested, has been tightlipped of his role, but Ahmed’s wife, Gulsana alias Razia, has told interrogators that Hakim was a “partner” in her husband’s business and knows everything about the business.

She has reportedly also said that Shakil and Hakim were together for almost five years and moved from one district to another together and even shared the same rented house in Murshidabad and Burdwan. The investigators have recovered around Rs 44,000 from Gulsana’s possession, which she has claimed was their “savings” and were planning to invest in their “business”.

Meanwhile, a team of the Intelligence Bureau visited the blast site in Burdwan and the premises rented by Ahmed in Murshidabad. The central team is said to have sought CID’s permission to interrogate both Ahmed and Hakim’s wives. It has been learnt that the state government has send a report to the Union Home Ministry about the preliminary findings of the investigation.

Director General of Police (West Bengal) G M P Reddy also held a meeting with Chief Secretary Sanjay Mitra and Home Secretary Basudeb Banerjee to review the investigation and its progress.

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