UPDATE ON KHAGRAGARH

The blasts in the Khagragarh locality of Burdwan on 2nd October had shaken the entire state. The case came forth with certain complications owing to the initial mishandling by the state police and also the communal colour that was being attributed to the terrorist attack. 

After the National Investigation Agency (NIA) took over the investigations, they began the probe to find out whether there was a Trinamool Congress (TMC) party office above the garage at theKhagragarh blast house. Curiously, on questioning the landlord, a Trinamool functionary by the name of NurulHasanChoudhury and his son, Ashraf Ali Choudhury, they confirmed the existence of the party office. Even though on 5th October, the General Secretary of the TMC, Mr. Mukul Roy had denied the existence of this party office or of links of any TMC leaders with the blasts. Further, MehboobRahaman, Trinamool Youth Congress district secretary, confirmed that one room in the Khagragarh blast house was used as an election office in the 2008 and 2013 3-tier panchayat elections.

Now, as two central nodal investigation agencies, i.e. the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) have come together to look into the case, names of various top political leaders have started to emerge. The investigation of the NIA has revealed a specific design of the terrorist modules operating in Bengal, which involved the politicians (local and otherwise). 

Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) terrorists, planned on crossing the border and entering India, here they would marry local girls and obtain local identities, as a cover for their terrorist activities. Along with arranging for marriage, the terrorists also, managed driving licences, using which they would, further managed to get voter's ID card, ration card and sometimes even a passport. Local politicians helped get these documents, and sometimes even helped find them shelter and offered logistic support. A status report on the probe into the Burdwan blast states at least 165 to 190 Bangladeshis managed to sneak into India in the past few months to join these JMB terror modules.

It is also believed that, NIA investigators were looking into alleged role of a Trinamool Congress MP in the terror funding. The agency had already looked into the role of the MP in siphoning off money into Bangladesh.

The most recent update in the Khagragarh blast case is that, the NIA has finally tracked the source of funds utilized to sustain the JMB modules in the country.  They have identified a man named Abdul Noor, suspected to be a key operative of the outfit in Bangladesh, as the man who carried cash across the border periodically. NIA has also identified a JMB operative from West Bengal who was working as a mason in Jammu and Kashmir. Another startling revelation is the fact that almost 50% of the Jihadis in the Indian terror modules are women. These are the wives that the men crossing the border from Bangladesh initially took. These women are well-trained in physical combat and weapons operation.

A team of four NIA officials has left for Bangladesh on 17th November, to intimate the status of investigations in the case and also to seek help in finding Abdul Noor and his associates. And as of now, no links of Saradha scam money being used as funds to sustain these terror modules in the state have come up.