Bodo militant slayer Sanjukta Parashar to lead train blast probe
Sanjukta Parashar took down 16 Bodo militants during her assignment in Sonitpur, Assam. This gutsy Assam cadre Indian Police Service officer is today heading the probe into the March 7 Bhopal-Ujjain train blast which agencies suspect was the handiwork of a fringe Islamic State group.
Considered to be a terror for the terrorists, she will head the National Investigation Agency team which has been handed over the train blast probe. Sanjukta has visited the blast site in Shujalpur in Madhya Pradesh. Nine people were injured in the blast. She will question the three persons who were arrested in connection with this case, following which, the probe will proceed further.
Sanjukta is a well-known personality in the country. She is a gutsy officer who took on the Bodo militancy when she was the superintendent of police in Assam. Known for crushing Bodo militancy, her video of taking down 16 militants had gone viral a few years ago.
Sanjukta arrived in Madhya Pradesh from Delhi after the NIA was handed over the probe. The NIA has several angles to probe. One of the key angles would be to find out if the blast was really the handiwork of the Islamic State or was it a fringe element that subscribed to the Indian Mujahideen view.
Following the train blast in March, a major encounter had taken in Thakurganj near Lucknow in which an operative, Saifullah was shot dead. It was said that it was he who was one of the key players in the train blast. The NIA's probe would also focus on the 11-hour long encounter that took place immediately after the blast.
Sanjukta a 2006 batch IPS officer had become the talk of the town after a video of her taking on Bodo militants had gone viral. She had drilled fear into the minds of the militants in Assam. A bold and no-nonsense officer, Parashar was lauded for the manner in which she handled counter-insurgency operations in the terror-hit regions of Assam.