Hindustan Times (Lucknow)



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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