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Burdwan blasts Body formed to assist Indian NIA team

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Staff Reporter A six-member committee has been formed to provide assistance to the visiting team of Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA) over sharing information about the recent bomb blast at Burdwan in West Bengal. Home Ministry senior secretary Dr Mozammel Haque Khan disclosed this while talking to reporters after a meeting with the NIA team at the Secretariat on Monday. Headed by Additional Secretary for Home Dr Kamal Uddin, the committee includes members of intelligence agency members and senior officials concerned, said the Home secretary. “At the meeting, we’ve decided that we’ll share our problems and cooperate with them during their investigation,” he said. “As per their claim, if any Bangladeshi is found involved in the incident, the committee will verify his of her identity and provide assistance to take legal action against those,” Khan added. Replying to a question, the home secretary said, “The NIA team has not given any hint about their queries yet, if they provide any information to us we’ll look into the matter.” Khan went on saying, “We can’t ignore their suspicion that some criminals of Bangladesh and India were involved in the Burdwan incident. We’ll deal with the matter with due importance.” Replying to another question over the people held in connection with a suspected plot to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP Chairperson Khleda Zia, the Home Secretary said the team may disclose identities of the arrestees and the committee will verify that. Ater a meeting with the NIA team, Joint Commissioner (DB) Monirul Islam of DMP, also a member of the 6-member committee, said the NIA team has officially informed us about the Burdwan blast incident. The DB Joint Commissioner said the NIA team has handed over a list of some people as they are not confirmed whether they are Indian or Bangladeshis. “We’ll scrutinize the identities of those listed by the NIA team,” he said. “During the meeting, we have decided that the two countries will work in a coordinated way that the militants can’t carry out any militant activities and make their home in Bangladesh and India in future,” said the DB official. Replying to a query about Indian media report that involvement of Bangladeshi militants in the Burdwan blast incident, the DB officer said the matter is under investigation. Earlier, a team of National Investigation Agency (NIA) of India, led by its Director General Sharad Kumar, arrived