NIA begins probe in 2 Bengal cases: seizure of 81,000 electric detonators, mysterious blast

4 October, 2022 | Pragati Singh

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has launched an investigation into two different instances being investigated by West Bengal Police, one involving the recovery of 81,000 electric detonators...

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has launched an investigation into two different instances being investigated by West Bengal Police, one involving the recovery of 81,000 electric detonators from a vehicle and the other involving a suspicious bomb burst in an agricultural area outside a school.

The seizure of 81,000 electric detonators raised suspicions of a terror plot involving locals, and the case was handed over to the NIA almost three months after the West Bengal Police investigated it.

The agency filed the First Information Report (FIR) on September 20 under section 120B of the Indian Penal Code Act (IPC), and sections 4,5 and 6 of the Explosive Substances Act (ES Act), and started probing regarding the seizure of these electric detonators.

The case was earlier being investigated by Kolkata Special Task Force (STF) which intercepted 81,000 electric detonators from one TATA Sumo car bearing registration number WB-44D-5761 during the intervening night on June 29-30. The case was then registered on June 30 at Mohammad Bazar Police Station in West Bengal’s Birbhum.

Soon after the input was received by the Centre, the Ministry of Home Affairs’ Counter Terrorism and Counter Radicalization (CTCR) division issued an order to the NIA to take over the case.

Three people– Asish Keora, a resident of Paschim Burdwan district in West Bengal, along with Rintu Sk and Mukesh Singh, both belong to West Bengal’s Birbhum district– have been named in the NIA FIR along with others.

Asish, the driver of the vehicle, was arrested by Kolkata STF on the spot. Rintu Sk and Mukesh Singh’s name was also registered in the case based on inputs received from Asish.

Besides, the NIA also took over and started an investigation into the mysterious bomb blast incident that occurred on January 17 this year between 8.45 pm and 11.05 pm in an open agricultural land behind Rameswarpur High School at Rameswarpur village in West Bengal’s Murshidabad.

The NIA registered the case on September 20 under various sections 120B, 324, 326, 307 and 34 of IPC as well as sections 3, 4 and 5 of Explosive Substances Act, 1908.

However, the West Bengal Police registered the case on January 17. In its initial report, West Bengal Police had mentioned that the blast occurred when some miscreants were preparing bombs causing serious injuries to one lyasuddin Sk of Benadaha Mandalpara area in Murshidabad.

Further, it is alleged that in the last few months one Imdarul Haque alias Anaj Master, along with Surabuddin Sk, Osman Sk, Muklesur Sk, Sukchand Sk, Awlad Hossain, Sahabuddin Sk, Ashik Sk, Mansur Sk, Sahajahan Sk and others, all residents of Rameswarpur village, were conspiring to commit unlawful activities by using bombs, in a pre-planned manner, to establish their dominance in the locality, according to a report by ANI.

lyasuddin Sk further revealed that he was called by one Imdarul Haque, brother of Pradhan Mansur Sk, and others for making bombs, the NIA FIR mentions.

According to the FIR, lyasuddin Sk further stated that Imdarul Haque gave explosives and other bomb-making supplies to create the bombs, and that while he and others were making bombs, an unintentional explosion occurred, inflicting significant harm to him and others present.