Thursday, December 26, 2013

Three killed in West Bengal bomb blast

Jalpaiguri on Google Maps (Pic: Ibnlive)
NEW DELHI (AA) - At least three people were killed on Thursday evening when a bomb being transported on a bicycle, by an alleged member of separatist militant outfit Kamtapur Liberation Organization (KLO) went off in Jalpaiguri town, 650 kms north of Kolkata, the state capital, killing the militant and two others.
“Three people have been killed. Some others are injured. The bomb was kept in a cycle,” Indo-Asian News Service quoted Inspector General of Police, North Bengal, Sashikant Pujari as saying.
The blast occurred at a crowded bus stand at around 7.30 pm in Bajrapara area. It was not immediately clear whether the bomb was planted or went off accidentally as  a team of police is on the blast site piecing together the technical evidence. 
District Deputy Superintendent of Police Prabhat Chakraborty told Press Trust of India (PTI) that six people were injured in the explosion.
“We suspect KLO militants are behind the blast. Recently some of their activists have been arrested. The blast could be a retaliatory action on their part,” said Pujari.
The injured have been admitted in Jalpaiguri District Hospital.
Susanta Ray, doctor at the Jalpaiguri District Hospital, said some of the injured were in a critical condition.
KLO, a separatist militant organization, mainly active in West Bengal and some parts of Assam state, wants to create a separate Kamtapur State comprising six districts - Cooch Behar, Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, North and South Dinajpur and Malda of West Bengal and four districts of Assam -  Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Dhubri and Goalpara.

Anadolu Agency, December 26, 2013

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