KOLKATA: In an unprecedented act by a political party in the country, the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Wednesday took out a protest rally against the NIA probe into the Bardhaman blast case in which Islamist terrorists from Bangladesh were involved.
Leading the protest rally, TMC national secretary and Rajya Sabha MP Mukul Roy alleged that some Opposition parties were trying to foment trouble in a peaceful state. “The state police did the right thing by maintaining peace, instead of spreading rumours while people were celebrating Durga Puja,” he said.
After the explosion, in which Bangladeshi terrorist Shakil Ahmed died and his aide Abdul Hakim was seriously injured, the state police had arrested their partners -- Raziya Bibi alias Rumi and Amina Bibi -- and recovered grenades and rocket launchers,which were later detonated on the banks of the Damodar.
They had prevented the NIA officials from inspecting the house and interrogating Raziya and Amina, who had also received arms training at al-Qaeda-run camps abroad.
All counter terrorism experts, including former National Security Guard (NSG) officials as well as former Army Chief, General Shankar Roy Chowdhury, have severely criticised the destruction of evidence and the TMC’s opposition to the NIA probe.
Congress Rajya Sabha MP Pradip Bhattacharya, who hails from Bardhaman, said, “It is Roy’s job to provide a good certificate to the police, who are acting like the TMC cadre.