Of the six involved in the firing, the police have arrested Falen and Chhoton and have named Malkhan and Kumud. They have, however, not named the remaining two persons.
Malkhan had attempted to escape into Bangladesh, the investigating officer said. “However, because of tension beyond the border, the guards are alert on both sides. This is hindering him from crossing over. We have passed an alert across the district so that he cannot get out of Malda district,” the officer said.
“Yesterday, we had a tip-off that he was hiding at Sirshi-Kalaibari village in Habibpur block close to the India-Bangladesh border. Raids were conducted but he could not be caught.”
The police said they came to know that the attack on the bus was planned at Falen Burman’s house in Gazole, on the evening of December 26, around the same time when the IED, explosion happened in Jalpaiguri.
North top cop
Jawed Shamim took over as the inspector-general of police, north Bengal, on Monday.