Jalpaiguri blast: Ex-KLO member held, Sec 144 imposed in district


Three days after six people were killed in a cycle bomb blast in Jalpaiguri, police have arrested a former Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) leader and launched an all out search operation for the top leaders of the underground outfit.

We arrested Chandan Roy, a former KLO member, from Panbari area of the district Thursday. Our investigations are on the right path," Amit Javalgi, SP, Jalpaiguri said.

The SP said some persons have also been detained in connection with the blast and they are being interrogated to find out their role in the blast.

To avoid a law and order issue, District Magistrate Pritha Sarkar has imposed prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC in some places of Jalpaiguri in view of procession of some political parties.

"Section 144 has been imposed in the Paharpur area where the blast took place and near the DM's office," Javalgi said, adding the Kamtapur People's Party (KPP) was scheduled to hold a meeting in the area. "However, we will not allow them to enter the town," he added.

According to sources in police, some text messages in Chandan Roy's mobile phone have established the former KLO member's actively involvement in the incident.

At least seven SIM cards were recovered from the blast site. While six belonged to the victims, police officers are yet to trace the owner of the last SIM card, which was found in the bag that was tied to the cycle on which the bomb was strapped. It is being suspected that the SIM card was being used by the link an of KLO.

Meanwhile, police have launched search operations for KLO top leaders Tom Adhikary and Malkhan Singh. According to sources, 12 special teams have been despatched to in six districts in north Bengal. "We are working closely with the Assam Police, as the KLO is most active in the lower Assam area. We have information that some senior KLO members have taken shelter in forest camps in lower Assam," a senior police official said.

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