KLO rebels arrested in cycle bomb case
The West Bengal Police on Friday arrested two Kamtapur Liberation Organiation (KLO) activists, including girlfriend of KLO's second in hierarchy Tom Adikari, a day after a cycle-bomb killed a Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) jawan during deactivation of it in north Bengal's Jalpaiguri district.
Manoka Roy and and Gouranga Roy have been arrested after police zeroed in that the bomb was planted by the KLO to create terror in the region.
Manoka is the girl friend of Tom Adikari, who is said to be No 2 in the rank and hiding in Bangladesh, Gouranga was arrested in some extortion cases as he was accused of
collecting funds for Adikari.
Meanwhile, a departmental probe began to determine why the three BDS jawans did not have gears like mask, helmet, jacket and other necessary gadgets during diffusion of
live bomb in a container.
BDS jawan Lal Bahadur Lohar was killed while trying to deactivate the powerful bomb, which was fixed with a timer.
DSP-CID, Bimal Kumar Mondal, who visited the scene of accident in Alipurduar, said a departmental probe began to ascertain why the experts did not have proper combat gears
during dangerous act of defusing a live bomb.
The explosives were stored in a container, which left abandoned with a by-cycle at Chowpatti ( junction of four lanes ) in the wee hours on Thursday.
A police patrol after noticing reported to the higher authorities, who called BDS from Siliguri.
The BDS men took the cycle into a nearby field and then packed the container into a plastic bag.
The jawan was killed as the container went off when he tried to open it.
Forensic experts from Bhawani Bhawan in Kolkata, are expected to visit at the scene on Friday for investigation as what type of explosives were used.
A senior official said the KLO was behind the planting of bomb as the organisation had observed " Black Day" on Wednesday.
IG, North Bengal, Sashi Kanta Pujari also visited the site on Friday.
(Posted on 30-08-2013)