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Raids reveal blast suspects

Siliguri, April 15: Five persons suspected to be linked to the Champasari blasts and the subsequent seizure of explosives from Mallaguri and Gurung Bustee have been arrested in the past 24 hours. A high-level multi-department committee has been formed to investigate the incidents.

However, the woman whose picture was released by police yesterday, still remains elusive.

Ganga Gurung, Sandhya Tamang, Krishna Gajmer, Suresh Biswakarma and Balkumar Rai were picked up by the police from different part of the town.

Sandhya is one of the three women who had gone missing from the house in Gurung Bustee. Told by the landlady that the three had claimed to be trainee nurses at a nursing home, the police had raided it and based on information picked up there, arrested Ganga Gurung, alias Fulmaya Tamang, last night from the Bhaktinagar area.

More raids followed after Ganga was interrogated.

All the arrested persons were produced in the court of the Siliguri additional chief judicial magistrate and remanded in police custody for eight days.

Rajesh Yadav, the Siliguri additional superintendent of police, said some of the names and addresses had appeared in documents and SIMs seized after twin blasts in Champasari killed three of the alleged bomb makers on April 3.

The police also said all the suspects had links with the Bhutan Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist-Maoist), an extremist organisation of which Dipen Rai, the sole survivor of the Champasari blasts, is a member.

Suresh and Balkumar were arrested after interrogating Dipen. Ganga and Krishna are both from the Beldangi I refugee camp in eastern Nepal. Dipen, too, was a resident of this camp.

The blast and the explosive seizures were discussed at the meeting called by Kundanlal Tamta, the new inspector general (IG) of police of north Bengal, in his office yesterday. Officials from the SSB, BSF and the CRPF were present at the meeting. The committee that will probe the blasts and the related explosive seizures will have representatives from the police and the three security agencies. The police chief of north Bengal will co-ordinate the process.

“The nature of our jobs is almost same and we often share information with each other. In the last couple of weeks, we saw some different sort of crimes, being committed. Considering the situation, we decided to form the committee,” Tamta said.

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