Kolkata: Minor explosion was a warning from unhappy elements, says NIA

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Police officials investigates at the blast side after a powerful explosion outside the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp, where the National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials probing Bardhaman blast case main accused Sajid Khan is under NIA custody at Salt lake area under North 24 pargana district near Kolkata
Kolkata, Nov 11: A minor explosion, but a loud message. That is what one can say about the incident that took place outside the NIA office in Kolkata at 7.30 pm on Monday. The explosion was meant to send a message to the NIA probing the Burdhwan blast and preliminary investigations suggest that the incident occurred just a while after the chemical supplier of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), Amjad Ali was arrested.

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"The intention was to scare, not injure

Officials investigating the case informed that the intent was to scare and not injure. The bomb, which was crude in nature, did not have any shrapnel in it which itself is an indicator that there was no intent of causing an injury. However, the NIA says that there was a message in the bomb and it was clear that elements disgruntled with our investigation which is progressing at a rapid pace were behind the incident.

Bomb was not powerful

Some material collected from the spot which looks like gun powder has been sent to the the forensic sciences laboratory for examination. There was no strong smell of gun powder which also indicates that the bomb was not powerful.

Bomb was hurled from a moving vehicle

However, in this case the CCTV footage will come in handy since it suggests that the bomb was hurled out of a moving vehicle. The suspicion is that a person may have hurled it out of a bus. The police are also looking at the footage which suggests that there was a car parked near the spot and this seemed suspicious.

Central Intelligence Bureau had alerted about attack by JMB

An alert by the Central Intelligence Bureau had warned that the NIA team in West Bengal could be the target of an attack by the JMB. The NIA has very often complained about the lack of security for their team and the incident that occurred last night is a testimony of that fact. There was also an alert that suggested that JMB operatives may try and free their men by targeting the NIA.

The NIA has now written to the West Bengal Police chief to ensure that security is tight and they need more protection when they go on raids.

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