Soumen Datta is a Special Correspondent of Hindustan Times. He is a crime reporter having experience in crime and investigative reporting for more than 15 years.
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He was also about to use one himself, having purchased a few from an online retailer furnishing a fake identity proof, the NIA charge sheet submitted to a court in Kolkata last week claims.
IS suspect Mohammad Mussa who planned to attack the headquarters of Missionaries of Charity - Mother House in Kolkata also carried out “reconnaissance in Delhi and Srinagar for attacking and executing foreign tourists especially, Russians, Americans and British,” NIA has claimed in its charge sheet.
Islamic State suspect Mohammad Mussa, who was arrested in West Bengal on July 4, planned to carry out attacks on the headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity in central Kolkata, the National Investigation Agency believes. His aim was to target British, American and Russian tourists, who regularly visit the place, in retaliation to the bombing of IS forces in conflict-ridden West Asian countries by these world powers.
State Criminal Investigation Department even detected Rs 50 fake note from the district.
A team of Federal Bureau of Investigation officers will arrive in Kolkata on Thursday to interrogate a suspected member of the Islamic State, who is believed to have indoctrinated several men to join the terror outfit.
Kolkata Police move follows cash crisis.
The family members of Jayanta Biswas, the 23-year old automobile engineer who was sold as a slave to a Saudi Arabian citizen in that country, are still
Sexually abused and put in prison, Jayanta Biswas is waiting to return home. But he is stuck as he does not have a travel document.
They were experts in making IEDs and are believed to have fled to Syria.
Hindustan times | BySoumen Datta, Kolkata
They have completed the mandatory tenure. But the step can affect many high profile cases that the agency in investigating.
Politicians, their relatives and those used to throwing around their weight beware.
They forced her into a car from a pavement for merriment.
Security agencies across Kolkata have stepped up security in the wake of Friday’s terror attack in neighbouring Bangladesh that left 20 dead.
Hindustan Times | BySoumen Datta and Bibhas Bhattacharyya, Kolkata
There has been an alarming rise in the number of deaths of mountaineers from Bengal while scaling challenging peaks. Experts say a lack of fitness, not knowing when to quit and improper planning is egging people to their doom.
Three Bengal climbers including a woman are missing after beginning their ascent to Mt Everest, a police official monitoring the expedition to the world highest peak said on Saturday.
An under-construction flyover collapsed in a congested Kolkata neighbourhood on Thursday, killing at least 22 people and trapping hundreds underneath giant steel frames and concrete slabs.
After interrogating Durgapur polytechnic student Ashique Ahmed, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has learnt that he had managed to indoctrinate several youths from Bengal in the Islamic State’s (IS’s) ideology in the last six months.
Subhasish Raychaudhuri and Aminul Rahaman met Sinha and offered ‘a huge amount’ to cross the border to smuggle cattle. Sinha made them wait and informed officers at the Jorasanko police station.
The step also marks the revival of the Saradha investigation which, opposition leaders have alleged, was relegated to the backburner for the past few months. Incidentally till early 2015 when the investigation slipped into slow gear, chief minister Mamata Banerjee repeatedly alleged in public meetings that BJP was using CBI to settle political scores with her party.
The West Bengal government declassified 64 closely-guarded files on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at an event at a police museum in Kolkata on Friday.
Hindustan Times | ByJoydeep Thakur and Soumen Datta, Kolkata
The West Bengal government declassified 64 closely-guarded files on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. People will not immediately have access to them
Hindustan Times | ByJoydeep Thakur and Soumen Datta, Kolkata
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is giving final touches to its charge sheet in the multi-crore Saradha scam, with an attachment of Saradha’s Rs 1,600 crore property. The ED is still clueless about the details of the various bank transactions of Sudipta.
The NIA officers got in touch with officials of the district election commission and sought details of Barkat Ali’s voter’s ID. Barkat had claimed in court the he was 15 and hence should be treated as a minor. His school records show he was born on January 2, 2000.
A 77-year-old man and his son lived in the heart of Kolkata for over six months with the skeletons of his daughter and two pet dogs, even feeding them, police said late Wednesday.
The state government is in the process of putting together a team of mountaineers, who are to embark on a mission to retrieve the mortal remains of ace climber and Everest summiteer Chhanda Gayen and two Sherpas in the treacherous snows of Kanchenjunga.
In a landmark judgment, the National Green Tribunal (NGT)’s East Zone bench on Friday issued ‘immediate and indefinite injunction’ for all types of construction works across the banks of the Hooghly which did not have proper permission from the appropriate authorities.
The West Bengal Police is leaving no stone unturned to fend off Maoists from its borders, and on Thursday, cops gave their Jharkhand counterparts specific information about the location of Naxalite leaders, who laid siege to a border village in the state. But the Jharkhand cops made an unusual delay in reacting after the tip-off.
In further trouble for state transport minister Madan Mitra in the Saradha scam case, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is likely to quiz his elder son Swarup about his income, bank details and other assets, sources said.
Despite All India Congress Committee asking senior advocate and former Union minister Kapil Sibal to return the brief to the West Bengal government, it appears he will fight the case, said a legal adviser to Trinamool all-India general secretary Mukul Roy.