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NSA sees large network behind Bardhaman blast

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National Security Adviser Ajit Doval.
  • National Security Adviser Ajit Doval.
National Security Adviser Ajit Doval.
National Security Adviser Ajit Doval.
Doval says New Delhi, Dhaka working jointly to fight terror

On the eve of his visit to Bardhaman in West Bengal, where two suspected members of Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) were killed in the October 2 bomb blast, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval said there appeared to be a large network of the banned group that the investigators were working to unravel.

Mr. Doval told The Hindu that both Indian and Bangladeshi governments were working in close coordination in the fight against terrorism. “Both the countries enjoy excellent bilateral relations and we have been working together,” he said.

The NSA said the case had serious implications and required a comprehensive investigation. Special Secretary (Internal Security) Prakash Mishra and representatives of the Research and Analysis Wing, the Intelligence Bureau and the National Investigation Agency may accompany the NSA to West Bengal. NIA Director-General Sharad Kumar had earlier visited Bardhaman and Murshidabad on October 24.

Suvojit Bagchi from Kolkata reports

NSA to visit Bardhaman site

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval is expected to visit the blast site in Bardhaman in West Bengal and meet Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday. He is also expected to meet officers of the Central agencies in Kolkata. This is the second time the NSA is coming to Kolkata since the Trinamool Congress came to power in 2011. While in 2011, the then NSA Shivshankar Menon came to discuss the issue of Teesta water-sharing with Bangladesh, Mr. Doval is coming to discuss the security situation following increased tensions after the blast in Bardhaman earlier this month and identification of 58 suspected terror modules in the border State. The NIA has said proscribed Bangladesh terror group JMB was responsible for the blasts. Terror modules in West Bengal were making explosive devices to be used in Bangladesh.

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