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Burdwan blast: Mamata meets NSA, assures assistance in fight against terrorism

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee assured all help to the Centre in fight against terrorism.

Marya Shakil | http://maryashakil

Updated:October 27, 2014, 5:44 PM IST
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Burdwan blast: Mamata meets NSA, assures assistance in fight against terrorism
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee assured all help to the Centre in fight against terrorism.

Kolkata: The West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday assured all help to the Centre in fight against terrorism. The assurance from the West Bengal CM came after her meeting with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

Talking to CNN-IBN, Special secretary Of General Security Prakash Mishra said, "The Government of India has taken this case very seriously which is probably the reason why the NSA has gone to visit the site. We are professional police officer have dealt with terror cases in the past . I was sent just to give a professional touch to the case. I am very happy to say that West Bengal government and CM have assured that the Centre and state government will work together in unearthing the entire case."

Earlier on Monday, Doval led a contingent of top security and intelligence chiefs of the country to the blast site in Burdwan and assessed the progress of investigations into it.

NIA Director General Sharad Kumar, NSG Director General Jayanta Narayan Chowdhury and Intelligence Bureau director Syed Asif Ibrahim accompanied Doval during the over 30 minute visit to the house at Khagragarh where the blast took place on October 2, police said.

Doval and the three top officials visited the room where the blast occurred, during which two suspected terrorists were also killed. They also went to the room which had served as the laboratory of the suspected terrorists and climbed the roof top of the house to check the visibility of surrounding areas.

Doval also inquired where the two children of the suspected terrorists stayed in the house.

The children, who are toddlers have since been taken into custody along with their mothers, one of whom is the widow of one of the suspected terrorists who died in the explosion. Later, Doval met the district officials and asked about the progress of inquiry into the blast, the police added.

The four top officials then left for Kolkata to meet Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the state secretariat 'Nabanna'. Earlier, the security and intelligence chiefs flew in to Burdwan by a chopper from NSC Bose International Airport. They had reached Kolkata in a IAF special aircraft this morning.

Monday's visit was the second in four days by the NIA director.

Kumar after his first visit to Burdwan and Murshidabad on Friday had said that the arrested persons in connection with the blast and their associates were members of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh and were making IEDs to be transported to the neighbouring country for possible terror attacks.

This visit comes ahead of the Union government's decision to send a report to Bangladesh following a request from that country in this regard.

Three persons, including the two women were arrested in connection with the blast and were interrogated by the NIA.

(With inputs from PTI)

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