Alipurduar, Aug. 30: A lady aide of KLO leader Tom Adhikary was arrested last night in connection with yesterday’s blast in Alipurduar town that took the life of a bomb squad policeman.
Adhikary, the self-styled chief of the KLO action squad, has been underground since his release from jail in September 2011.
He was released as part of a plan by the current state government to free political prisoners.
The arrest of Menoka Roy is the second in the blast case. The police suspect the KLO is behind the explosion.
Yesterday afternoon, police arrested Gourango Roy, an alleged KLO activist, from Mainaguri.
“We arrested Gourango Roy from Mainaguri last evening and last night we picked up Menoka Roy from Nathua under Banarhat police station. We expect to get some genuine information from the duo. I think we are following on the right track,” said Amit P. Javalgi, the Jalpaiguri superintendent of police.
Police sources said Gouranga’s interrogation had led the police to Menoka.
Both were produced in the additional chief judicial magistrate’s court in Alipurduar and remanded in police custody for five days.
Around 3am yesterday, private security guards found a can and a clock in a bag on an abandoned bicycle in Alipurduar Chowpathy, a market area. They alerted the police.
A police team then took a risky initiative of moving the bag from the market crossing to a field.
A bomb squad came from Siliguri but none of the four members wore protective suits while going near the bag.
At 10.10am, when squad constable Lal Bahadur Lohar went near the bag, the timer-fitted bomb exploded, killing Lohar on the spot.
Last night, Javed Shamim, special IG, Jalpaiguri, visited the spot and met district police officers.
This morning, CID officers from Calcutta reached the spot and took some samples from the explosion site.
Jag Mohan, the inspector-general, CID, collected the of the members of bomb disposal squad.
Jag Mohan later said: “The incident was unfortunate and today the samples have been collected from the spot by the CID as well as forensic officials which will be examined to confirm what kind of explosive was used and how powerful it was.”