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Cop’s bid to be hero bombed
- CID constable admits planting explosives

Siliguri, Aug. 27: Police today said CID constable Kailash Roy planted explosives in an attempt to win accolades, but bank accounts throwing up amounts disproportionate to his income have punched holes in the theory.

Roy has been taken into custody along with two others for allegedly planting bombs in two petrol pumps at Air View More in Siliguri early on Friday and planning to do the same at the Indian Oil depot in New Jalpaiguri. Once arrested, he also allegedly sought to implicate a colleague, Biswajit Majumder, who has the reputation of being a crack cop. Majumder, who was detained by the police, was given a clean chit yesterday.

The police today said Roy had confessed to planting bombs at a school in Shalkumarhat (Alipurduar) on the night of August 13, and he himself defused the explosives a few hours later.

“Kailash was an unimpressive constable, unlike Biswajit. But he was good at defusing bombs. He wanted to be in the limelight and planted the bombs in the hope that he would get the assignment to defuse them,” said an official of the Jalpaiguri police.

Yesterday, inspector-general (north Bengal) K.L. Meena had said much the same: “He had received a pat on the back following his success in defusing the bombs at Shalkumarhat. He expected he would be called this time too.”

But sources in the police scoffed at what they felt was a “simplistic” explanation. They claimed that scrutiny of Roy’s bank accounts and other papers had revealed that he had accumulated a huge sum of money and assets, which could not be explained given a constable’s modest monthly income of around Rs 10,000.

Officially, the police were tight-lipped about the bank accounts. “During interrogation, Kailash confessed that he had a hand in both episodes,” said Achinta Gupta, the Bhaktinagar officer-in-charge.

Based on Roy’s confession, the police have tracked down a Santro which was used in the Shalkumarhat incident. It was recovered from a residential apartment in Bhaktinagar.

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