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Burdwan chargesheet- Sharia for West Bengal, bombs for Bodos


Kolkata, March 27: The National Investigating Agency (NIA) probing the Burdwan blasts is all set to file its chargesheet before the city civil court in Kolkata.

In the chargesheet of this very important case which not only has state wide but international ramifications as well the most important point to be noted is that this was an operation aimed at reviving the JMB. [Burdwan blasts: Another arrest as NIA inches closer to closure]


The other key points made by the NIA is attempt made to implement the Sharia law along the India-Bangladesh border and also how the bombs from Burdwan found beneficiaries in the form of Bodos in Assam.

[Burdwan module: Conflicting views between India, Bangladesh]

Inter-state ramifications

The investigation into the Burdwan blast was not restricted to West Bengal alone. It was an inter state operation which involved Assam as well. The JMB which originally is based out of Bangladesh sent in its cadres with an intention of reviving the outfit. While attempts were made in West Bengal to revive the JMB, there was also a lot of focus that these cadres showed in Assam as well.

It is stated by the NIA that the JMB had been preparing bombs that were to be used by the Bodo militants as well. The investigators who have established the link between the West Bengal and the Assam module state that several bombs were being transported to Assam as there was a heavy demand for the bombs.

A concrete link between the operations in Assam and West Bengal has been established. Operatives such as Sahanur Alom who is based out of Assam provided the link between the West Bengal and Assam modules.

Plan for West Bengal

The JMB's module in West Bengal was set up more with an intention of reviving the movement. The JMB had very few takers in West Bengal and they group was attempting to implement a radical thought process to dish out support.

During the investigations the NIA had found that several of the cadres were tasked with changing the mindset of people especially along the border areas. There were camps being undertaken to ensure that they could implement the Sharia law in these areas.

Further the investigators have also found that while the JMB was making bombs for the Bodos it was also planning on a series of attacks in West Bengal too. There was a need to carry out these blasts especially in areas which were not favourable to the JMB prophecy, investigators have found.

The JMB was planning on nurturing a full fledged module comprising hardcore operatives and also women. In the first phase of the investigation it was found that several women most of them wives of

the operatives were actively involved in the process of remaking the JMB in India.

There is also emphasis laid on the two madrasas in Simulia and Mukimnagar which are alleged training centres of the JMB. Several recruitments had taken place in these Madrasas which were also used to preach the radical thought process.

The charges filed

The NIA has filed charges against 27 persons in the Burdwan blasts case. All of them have been charged under the stringent provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. The NIA in its chargesheet also mentions that they are on the lookout for ten more persons who are reportedly in Bangladesh.

The NIA has recorded the statements of the all the accused it has in its custody under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. It has also mentioned in the chargesheet the statements given by the 274 witnesses.

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