Burdwan blast: Man says his house used as hideout

  • Md Asif, Hindustan Times, Burdwan
  • Updated: Oct 11, 2014 15:40 IST

The probe into the October 2 blast in the old town of Burdwan in West Bengal deepened after it emerged terror suspects may have used a fourth house as a hideout.

The police were told about this two-storey house at Hetudewan on Friday night.

Manowar Sheikh, the owner of the house, told the police four persons — apparently, two couples — disappeared just after the blast at the Khagragor house. He said they remained out of reach on phone.

Hatudewan Pirtala is just about a km away from Burdwan police station.

The death of two persons — both Bangladeshis — in the explosion at the Khagragor house has brought to fore the possible existence of a terror network with wide roots in this south Bengal town.

The house in Khagragor and two more were used by terror elements involved in subversive activities aimed at the Sheikh Hasina government in Bangladesh.

The police were reluctant to comment on the probe, but locals told HT on Saturday that one Sheikh Taleb took the Hetudewan house on rent about a month-and-a-half ago at a monthly payment of Rs 5,000.

Much like those living in the Khagragor house, the four in Hetudewan too avoided people of the locality.

“Sheikh Taleb told us he was a resident of Kirnahar, Birbhum,” said a local who did not want to be named.

After Manowar Sheikh told locals about the disappearance of the four, they advised him to contact the police. On Friday, the criminal investigation department (CID) sealed the house.

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