Cops had inputs KLO platoon was in Jalpaiguri, failed to act

The Jalpaiguri blast that killed six people last week could have been averted had the West Bengal Police acted on intelligence inputs it received from the central and state agencies.

As per the sources in the police, the department had received three intelligence inputs a week ahead of the December 26 blast, alerting the security forces about a platoon of Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) commanders entering the Jalpaiguri town and hatching a terror plot.

However, the security forces sat on the inputs.

The intelligence inputs suggested that senior KLO leaders were present in Malda and Jalpaiguri to execute terror activities.

The outfit, which was not taken seriously by the Bengal Police in last few years, is now said to have considerable fire power.

The cartridges, recovered from a spot in Malda where more than 10 rounds were fired at a public bus recently, belong to sophisticated assault rifle of a senior KLO leader, said a senior official of the state forensic department.

"We have information that Malkhan Singh alias Madhab Mondal — a military chief in the KLO — was present at the spot when the shots were fired. The assault rifle belongs to him. However, he has now left the region," said a senior police official.

Meanwhile, the police arrested one more person in connection with the bicycle bomb blast.

Superintendent of Police Amit P Javalgi said Dipankar Singh, a KLO linkman, was picked up from Kharibari area of neighbouring Darjeeling district, taking the total number of arrests in this connection to three.

Earlier, general secretary of Kamtapur People's Party (KPP) central committee, Nubas Burman, was arrested on December 29 from his home at Toofanganj in Cooch Behar while another man, Chandan Roy was arrested from Moynaguri in Jalpaiguri in connection with the December 26 blast. KPP is the political offshoot of the KLO.

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