Burdwan blast: CID lodges cases under UAPA Act
"All the accused and the cases of the Burdwan blast have been lodged under the UAPA act. Apart from the cases lodged under UAPA, the cases which were lodged under IPC intially are also there," Banerjee told PTI.
Even the Home Ministry sought a report from the West Bengal government on the Burdwan blast case.
The police identified two more suspected terrorist hideouts in the city just days after a blast in Burdwan which left two suspected militants dead and one person injured.
UAPA sections 16 (punishment for terrorist act), 18 (punishment for conspiracy), 18A (punishment for organising terrorist training camps), 19 (punishment for harbouring or concealing, or attempting to harbour or conceal any person knowing that such person is a terrorist) and 20 (punishment for being member of terrorist gang or organisation) have been slapped against them.
IPC sections 121A (conspiracy to wage war, or attempting to wage war, or abetting waging of war, against the Government of India), 122 (collecting arms etc with intention of waging war against the Government of India) and 123 (concealing with intent to facilitate design to wage war) had been slapped against the four initially.
A total of four people have been arrested so far in the case in which two are women.
The CID suspects that the arrested accused have links with the terrorist organisations like Al Jihad and Huji. It made the fourth arrest yesterday and is looking for two other suspects.
The four included two women Rajira Bibi alias Rumi, widow of the suspected terriost Shakil Ahmed who died in the blast, and Amina Bibi, wife of Sheikh Hakim alias Hasan Saheb from Lalgola in Murshidabad district, who was injured in the blast.
Hakim who is under treatment at Burdwan Medical College and Hospital was arrested yesterday. Hafez Mollah alias Hasan is another accussed.
Burdwan is 160 kms south of Kolkata with a population of 430,000.
With PTI inputs,