Millennium Post (Kolkata)

B’luru blast case: Prompt action of state police helped nab the accused in 2 hours, says Mamata


Addressing an election rally in Cooch Behar’s Dinhata, Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee on Friday hit back at BJP’s barbs that the state had become a “safe haven for terrorists” under her rule, claiming that the two accused in the Bengaluru blast case were arrested because of the state police’s prompt action.

At least 10 people were injured when a blast took place at Rameshwara­m Cafe in Brookfield in East Bengaluru on March 1.

Banerjee said: “Those who were arrested are not residents of Bengal. They were hiding out here. They were arrested in two hours.” She further stated that the BJP cannot stand it if there is peace in Bengal. She also questioned if BJP-ruled states like Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Bihar were any safer.

The incident has, however, triggered a war of words between the TMC and the BJP, shortly after the National Investigat­ion Agency (NIA) along

with state police on Friday arrested two accused, including the mastermind, in Bengaluru’s Rameshwara­m Cafe blast case Mussavir Hussain Shazib and Adbul Matheen Ahmed Taahaa.

Following the NIA’s statement, BJP IT cell head Amit

Malviya on his X handle alleged that under chief minister Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal has become “a safe haven for terrorists”.

Reacting sharply to the statement, Banerjee from her Cooch Behar rally said: “Heard one BJP leader saying that Bengal is not safe. The accused were arrested within two hours following a prompt response by police. What about the states where you are in power?”

“What about Uttar Pradesh Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Gujarat and Bihar?” she asked. TMC supremo blamed the BJP for spreading canards against the state.

She accused the saffron party of misusing Central agencies and not allowing a “levelplayi­ng field for all political parties” in the elections.

Senior Trinamool Congress leader Kunal Ghosh said that

the NIA “had to accept active cooperatio­n of state police. Their press release mentions cooperatio­n of state police in arrests they made,” he said.

Ghosh further stated that police in Bengal remain “steadfast in suppressin­g antination­al forces” and are always ready to cooperate with other agencies. He referred to reports the NIA had questioned a BJP worker in connection with the March 1 blast at the popular Rameshwara­m Cafe, in which 10 people were injured.

 ?? ?? Mamata Banerjee at the rally, in Cooch Behar, on Friday
Mamata Banerjee at the rally, in Cooch Behar, on Friday

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