According to a report published in Bengali daily Ei Samay, Banerjee said on Friday that terrorists had no religion and an entire minority community can not be held guilty because of them. She also stood by the neigbouring Bangladesh, saying it would be wrong to identify that country with terrorism.
New Delhi expressed its worry over the Burdwan blast and sought to collaborate with Dhaka to probe a suspected a terror network exposed by the blast.
An MP of Banerjee's Trinamool Congress was recently accused of having links with Jamaat-e-Islami, an Islamist outfit in Bangladesh which is known for its anti-government activities in that country. Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina handed over documents related to transfer of Saradha funds to Jamaat.
The Opposition in West Bengal questioned Banerjee's government over the alleged links with Bangladeshi Islamist outfits and the recent blast in Burdwan and the recovery of large stocks of bombs from the state.
Banerjee, in her reply, took on the Centre over the National Investigation Agency's role in the Khagragarh blast case. She accused the Centre of not abiding by the spirit of federalism and imposing its will on the state. Praising the state police, the chief minister said: "They will insult us but never consult us," the report said. The CM expressed her strong displeasure over the incident in a Facebook post as well.