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Meet over KLO worry

Anil Goswami

Calcutta, Dec. 30: Union home secretary Anil Goswami will meet chief minister Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna tomorrow and is expected to discuss the regrouping of the KLO and the impact of the pre-poll violence in Bangladesh on Bengal.

Chief secretary Sanjay Mitra, home secretary Basudeb Banerjee, director general of police G.M.P Reddy and other senior officials are expected to attend the meeting.

“The state home department has already sent a report to the home ministry in Delhi on the Jalpaiguri blast,” an official said in Calcutta.

Five persons died on the spot and another succumbed to his injuries in hospital after a bomb exploded on a busy Jalpaiguri road near the collectorate on Thursday. Although the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) has denied its involvement, the police have till now alleged that the outfit carried out the blast, which occurred on its martyrs’ day.

Sources said the state home department had also sent a report to the Union home ministry on the activities of suspected KLO militants along the Bengal-Bhutan border.

“The Union home ministry has been requested to take up the matter with the Bhutan government,” an official said.

Bhutan had in 2003 initiated the Royal Bhutan Flushout drive against KLO militants who had set up camps in the area.

The sources said that suspected KLO militants were also regrouping along the Bengal-Assam border.

Two companies of CRPF jawans were today deployed in Jalpaiguri. Officials said the state government could ask for more central forces to tackle the threat of further attacks by the KLO.

Blast arrest

Jalpaiguri police on Monday arrested Nubas Burman, an assistant general secretary of the Kamtapur Peoples’ Party, in connection with the blast in Jalpaiguri.

Nubas is the second member of the KPP central committee to have been arrested in connection with the explosion. He was produced in the additional district and sessions court in Jalpaiguri and remanded in police custody for 10 days.

A former KLO militant has also been arrested in the case.