The government has formed a six-member committee to verify India’s claim that there was a nexus among Bangladeshi and Indian ‘miscreants’ in regional militant activities specially in the recent blast in Burdwan in West Bengal of India. A five-member team of Indian National Investigation Agency, at meeting at the home ministry, shared information with the six-member team about the militancy and discussed how they could take a joint effort against militancy. ‘Actually, they [Indian investigators] claimed that they found some names after interrogating suspects of the blast. They shared few names and wanted their details if we have…Now we are verifying their claims as the miscreants use a number of names and their origin,’ said a Bangladeshi official after emerging from the meeting.

‘We will examine their claims…they [Indian delegation] named a number of suspects, but brought no evidence,’ said another Bangladeshi official. Indian team, consisted of National Investigation Agency inspector general Sanjeev Kumar Singh, deputy inspectors general Sajid Farid Shapoo and Anurag Tankha, and Indian High Commission first secretary (political) Ninad Satishchandra Deshpande and first secretary (commerce) Sumit Chaturvedi, held the meeting with the Bangladesh team led by home ministry additional secretary Kamal Uddin Ahmed. The Indian investigators avoided press while Dhaka Metropolitan Police joint commissioner (Detective Branch) Monirul Islam also said that they were sharing information over the trans-boundary crimes.

He did not specify how many suspects were named in the discussion and what would be their investigation procedure. Prior to the meeting, senior home secretary Mozammel Haque Khan had another meeting with the Indian investigators led by NIA director general Sharad Kumar, who was investigating into the blast at Khagragarh in Burdwan town on October 2 that claimed the lives of two Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh suspects. Heads of law enforcing and intelligence agencies attended the first meeting. Mozammel told reporters that if any miscreants of Bangladesh were found involved in the crime, legal assistance would be extended to India. The NIA team will stay in Dhaka for about two to three more days. Earlier on the day, two members of the visiting NIA team arrived in Dhaka. The visit came after suspected JMB Burdwan module chief Sajid Rahmatullah, said to be a Bangladeshi national, was arrested.

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