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The NIA team prob­ing the Bur­d­wan blast has ze­roed in on a few Kolkata-based doc­tors for hav­ing close links with wanted as­so­ciates of the Ja­maat-ul-Mu­jahi­hideen, Bangladesh (JMB), who come to West Ben­gal pos­ing as pa­tients. Many of them are cur­rently hid­ing in dif­fer­ent parts of the state

KOLKATA: The Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency prob­ing the Kha­gra­garh blast on Oc­to­ber 2 is ze­ro­ing in on cer­tain Kolkatabased doc­tors for hav­ing close links with most wanted as­so­ciates of Ja­maat-ul-Mu­jahi­hideen, Bangladesh (JMB).

The doc­tors are based in Park Cir­cus, Free School Street, Til­jala, Ra­jabazar and Me­tiabu­ruz. Many of the JMB as­so­ciates come to West Ben­gal pos­ing as pa­tients.

The NIA team has con­tacted the state po­lice to ver­ify cre­den­tials and back­grounds of th­ese doc­tors. A sep­a­rate dossier on th­ese doc­tors is on a prepara­tory stage, which will have spe­cial men­tion on the sud­den spurt in the prac­tice of such physi­cians, which lead to an ab­nor­mal rise in their per­sonal as­sets dur­ing the last cou­ple of years. As per in­for­ma­tion passed down by NIA to the state po­lice, the cham­bers of th­ese doc­tors which un­der­went thor­ough facelift and ex­pan­sion over the last two years, were reg­u­larly vis­ited by JMB lead­ers and that many of them are cur­rently hid­ing in West Ben­gal. There is a pos­si­bil­ity that the in­come tax depart­ment will be roped in to help in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion to in­ves­ti­gate the source of the doc­tor’s in­come that lead to an im­prove­ment in their life­style.

“The ques­tion raised by the NIA is whether th­ese doc­tors played an im­por­tant role for ar­rang­ing the hide­outs for JMB ac­tivists since tra­di­tion­ally no one doubts the doc­tor-pa­tient re­la­tion­ship,” said a se­nior state gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial.

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