Bengal home of illegal bomb-making: Dhankhar

By: Express News Service | Kolkata |

Updated: September 20, 2020 3:44:42 am

Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar (Express picture)

Following the arrest of suspected Al Qaeda terrorists from West Bengal’s Murshidabad district, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar mentioned the state has change into a home of “illegal bomb making”.

Dhankar tweeted, “State has change into home to illegal bomb making that has potential to unsettle democracy. Police @MamataOfficial busy in finishing up political errands and taking up the opposition. Those at helm @WBPolice can’t escape their accountability for this alarming decline of regulation and order.

“How far distanced is DGP @WBPolice from reality is cause of worry. His ‘Ostrich Stance’ is very disturbing. Appreciate role of policemen in general-they r working in difficult situations. Problem is with those at helm who r unmindful of conduct and r politically guided (sic),” he added.

The arrests have sparked a warfare of phrases between the BJP and ruling TMC within the state.

State BJP president Dilip Ghosh mentioned, “The state of affairs is grave in West Bengal. It appears that the state is entering into the grip of jehadis. This is as a result of of the ruling celebration. With the assistance of the federal government such forces are spreading base right here.

“We have seen Khagragore bomb blasts where there were attempts to hide it. But they could not and now the accused persons are getting convicted in court. We have seen how terrorist groups of Bangladesh are active in Bengal. We have seen incidents in different areas like Dhulagarh and Kaliachowk. In most cases accused persons were not arrested for vote bank politics,” he mentioned.

TMC MP Sougata Roy hit again, placing the onus on the BSF and saying that central companies may have sought assist from the state. “I completely negate his (Ghosh’s) statement. He is known for making irresponsible comments. BSF is manning the borders, why should the state government be responsible? If the central agencies [would] have shared information for such activities with the state, our police would have definitely taken action. It is wrong to blame the state government,” he mentioned.

Roy additionally mentioned that Dhankhar’s feedback had been “unbecoming of his office”.

State Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, the MP from Baharampur which falls in Murshidabad district, known as the arrests “alarming”.

“My district is a bordering district (with Bangladesh) and it is a matter of grave concern. This is not the time for politics. But I must say that the state government and police have failed. The police are not bothered about Al Qaeda spreading in Bengal but more concerned about serving the ruling party,” he mentioned.

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