NIA collects samples, probe focuses on KLO

KolkataAt the blast site. Express

A National Investigation Agency (NIA) team Friday inspected the site near Jalpaiguri town where a bomb blast last night left five persons dead and nine injured. "The NIA team collected samples from the blast site," said Probhat Chakraborty, DSP, Jalpaiguri said. He said no one had been arrested or detained by the police till now.

State forensic teams and CID officials also reached the Jalpaiguri town to examine the kind of explosives used to carry out the blast, the police said.

The forensic team recovered remains of the circuit and the timer used in the Improvised Explosive Device (IED). It also got traces of ammonium nitrate, which is used in making an IED, a senior police official said, adding the bomb was devised for subversive activities in the area.

DSP Chakraborty, however, refused to comment when his attention was drawn to a statement issued purportedly by the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO), suspected to have carried out the blast, denying its involvement.

"We won't say anything on this matter now. All angles are being investigated," Chakraborty said.However, police officials investigating the case said the KLO was trying to shift the blame as its own men have been killed in the explosion.

"The KLO is now trying to shift the blame as their own man and two Kamtapuri locals have also been killed. The KLO doesn't want to inflict injuries on Kamtapur locals as it doesn't want to lose their support," a senior police official said.

The KLO was formed in 1993 to fight for a separate Kamtapuri state comprising six districts of north Bengal and some areas of lower Assam.

According to sources, the IED was tied to the bicycle of Lalmohan Debnath, a local butcher. Debnath parked the cycle on the bridge and went to liquor shop. After having liquor, Debnath tried to lift the cycle when it exploded, killing him and four others on the spot. Debnath is said to have had links with the KLO, added sources.

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