The explosion in Khagragarh, near Burdwan town in West Bengal has raised many questions and has also laid sufficient grounds to believe that extremist elements were involved in it. The house in which blast occurred is said to have been owned by a Trinamool Congress worker and it is alleged that a TMC office also used to function from the garage in the house. But nothing has been proved so far.
The TMC-jihadi nexus
Attacking the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal, Bharatiya Janata Party in connection with the blast at TMC leader Nurul Hasan Choudhury's residence in Khagragarh, Burdwan district said that the state is turning into a safe haven for the jihadis.
Two people were killed in the blast, who are suspected to be Indian Mujahideen (IM) men. It is alleged that the men died while trying to make an IED.
BJP secretary Siddharth Nath Singh alleged that the Burdwan police instead of handing over to the NIA the materials recovered, took away the entire evidence and destroyed it.
The police investigating the blast in Burdwan, West Bengal said on Sunday that video clips of Islamic fundamentalist activities were found in the cellphones seized from the blast spot.
On Sunday, two women were also arrested and remanded to police custody for two weeks in connection with the blast which left two suspected militants dead. So far four arrests have been made in the case.
The CID of West Bengal police is looking into possible involvement of terror outfits like Al-Qaeda, LeT and HuJI in the blast.
It is suspected that the victims of the explosion were associated with a militant outfit as a large number of watch dials, SIM cards, and other tools required to make improvised explosive devices were found in the house, police had said on Saturday.
West Bengal - a safe haven for terrorists
Incidents in the past have indicated that the state is slowly turning into a safe haven for radical groups. Earlier, a Anand Bazar Patrika report had also said, "Before 2011, the Jamaat helped Trinamool with huge funds secretly transferred across the border.
"Later when the Jamaat faced government's ire during its opposition to war crimes trials, it received funds from Trinamool which had come to power in 2011 and many of whose leaders were ministers in the Manmohan Singh government," the Ananda Bazar Patrika report said, quoting extensively from a detailed report it claims was given to India by Bangladesh intelligence.
Reports are also suggesting that the bombs being assembled in a house in West Bengal were meant for terror strikes in Bangladesh. As per a report in HT, "The men and rest of the group were members of a module of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), a terror group with close links to the Jamaat-e-Islami, a banned fundamentalist outfit vehemently opposed to the Hasina regime."
If we go by what the reports are sugessting , then the investigation in the case should be handed over to the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) as it concerns the country's security.
Law and order is already a big problem in Didi's West Bengal and with this blast which is tracing its path to some terrorist outfits, all efforts should be made to find out all the links, if any, between Bangladeshi jihadists and West Bengal as ultimately, it will harm the country and its citizens.