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KLO 3 sent to CID remand

Jalpaiguri, Jan. 30: Two KLO militants and a linkman arrested for their alleged involvement in the Jalpaiguri explosion were remanded in CID custody for 14 days by a court here today.

Pradip Roy, alias Pran Narayan Koch, Narayan Roy alias Tarun Thapa, two portfolio holders in the KLO, and Ramshankar Basak, a phuchka seller who helped out the two, had been arrested from Khoribari on the outskirts of Siliguri yesterday.

Shanta Chatterjee, assistant public prosecutor, said the CID had sought 14 days’ remand for the trio.

“The chief judicial magistrate’s court accepted the plea. The three have been charged under Section 302 (murder), Section 307 (attempt to murder), Section 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means) and Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and also under the Explosives Act,” he said.

The trio were taken away to the Siliguri police commissionerate by CID officers for interrogation.

There had been tight security on the court premises here since 9am till 5.30pm when the three men were taken away to Siliguri.

According to police sources, both Pradip and Narayan Roy had been arrested during Operation Flushout launched by the Royal Bhutan Army to arrest militants being trained in jungle camps in the Himalayan kingdom.

While Narayan was released on bail in 2009, Pradip was freed the next year.