Kolkata: The NIA Court in Kolkata on Wednesday, 28 August 2019, convicted 19 accused in the Burdwan blast case of 2014.
The 19 accused persons pleaded guilty to the charges in the Burdwan Blast case (case No. RC03/2014/NIA/DLI ). Four of those convicted are Bangladeshi Nationals.
On 2 October 2014 at about 12:15 hrs, there was a powerful bomb (IED) blast at the first floor of a rented house in the busy Khagragarh locality of Burdwan District of West Bengal. The IED had blown up accidentally when members of Jamat-ul-Mujaheedin of Bangladesh(JMB), a banned terrorist organization were making a bomb. The rented house was occupied by the members of JMB in the name of “Burkha Stitching” but the place was being used for nefarious activity of making bombs.
Two accused persons had succumbed to their injuries sustained in the bomb blast while an accused survived with grievous injuries. The case, initially registered by the West Bengal Police, was later taken over for investigation by NIA on 10 October 2014.
Investigation by NIA revealed a conspiracy by JMB (Jamat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh) to radicalize, recruit and provide training in arms and explosives to its persons in India as well as to commit terrorist acts and wage war against the democratically established Governments of India and Bangladesh. A large number of IEDs, explosives, hand grenades, training videos were recovered during the investigation of the case.
Presently, 30 arrested charge sheeted accused persons are in judicial custody of the Special Court for NIA cases at Kolkata. Trial against rest of the accused will continue.