Burdwan Blast: 19 including 4 Bangladeshis convicted

Kolkata: The National Investigation Agency court, Kolkata, on Friday, gave its verdict in the Burdwan blast case. The 19 accused in which four are Bangladeshi citizens have been awarded punishment of six to ten years imprisonment. The trial continues for the remaining 11 arrested and three accused who are absconding mentioned in the charge sheet. 

The Burdwan blast occurred in 2014 in West Bengal’s Burdwan district in the Khagragarh locality. The blast was an accident as the improvised explosive device (IED) that they were making went off. The place where the blast occurred was taken up by the Jamat-ul-Mujaheddin of Bangladesh (JMB), a banned terrorist organisation.

Of the 19 accused Sheikh Rahamatullah alias Sajid alias Burhan Sheikh alias Surot Ali, Sadiq alias Sumon alias Sadik alias Suman alias Tarikul Islam alias Raihan Shaikh, Mohammad Rubel, and Habibur Rahman alias Jahidul Islam alias Jabirul Islam alias Zafar are from Bangladesh.

The NIA court said, “The IED accidentally had gone off at the time of its making by the members of banned terrorist organisation viz; Jamat-ul-Mujaheddin of Bangladesh(JMB). The rented house was occupied by the members of JMB, ostensibly for Burkha stitching unit, in reality, was being used for the nefarious activity of bomb-making. Two accused persons had succumbed to their injuries caused due to bomb blast and one accused survived with grievous injuries.”

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