Burdwan blast: 2 women held, cops hunt for links to other terror outfits

  • HT Correspondent / PTI, Burdwan
  • Updated: Oct 06, 2014 00:13 IST

Two women were arrested and remanded to police custody for two weeks on Sunday in connection with the explosion at Khagragarh that left two suspected militants dead.

SMH Mirza, superintendent of police (SP) said the two women — Rajira Bibi alias Rumi hailing from Karimpur in Nadia and Ameena Bibi hailing from Lalbagh in Murshidabad — were arrested on Sunday morning.

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Rumi is the widow of suspected militant Shakil Ahmed, who was killed in the explosion in a house at Khagragarh on October 2, while Ameena Bibi is the wife of Abdul Hakim, who was critically injured in the blast. They were later produced before a local court which sent them to police custody, Mirza said. The CID of West Bengal police is looking into possible involvement of terror outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami in the blast.

It is suspected that the victims of the explosion were associated with a militant outfit as a large number of watch dials, SIM cards, and other tools required to make improvised explosive devices were recovered, police said.

Meanwhile, Hakim’s family members expressed said it was not unexpected for him as they had suspected foul play since last few years.

“At first, he used to visit house on a regular basis. Since the last two years, he had only visited his house only once,” recalled Muntaj Ali, a local villager. “He had changed a lot…his attitude was not at all normal or as before. For which we prefer not to keep touch with him,” he added.

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