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Of the 19 convicts, four are Bangladeshi nationals
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Burdwan blast case: NIA convicts 19, including 3 from Assam

Investigation revealed a conspiracy by Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh to radicalise, recruit and provide training in arms and explosives to members in India

Rishu Kalantri

Tinsukia: A special NIA court in Kolkata on Wednesday convicted 19 persons, including four Bangladeshi nationals and three from Assam, in connection with the 2014 blast in Burdwan, West Bengal, exposing the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, Bangladesh (JMB) trying to establish its terror network in India.

"The quantum of sentence will be pronounced on August 30 by the special NIA court," a source in the NIA told EastMojo, adding that the NIA had arrested 30 accused, lodged in judicial custody of the special court for NIA cases at Kolkata, and chargesheeted them. "Trial against rest of the accused will continue," the source added.

The Bangladeshi nationals have been identified as Sheikh Rahamatullah alias Sajid alias Burhan Sheikh alias Surot Ali, Sadiq alias Sumon alias Sadik alias Suman alias Tarikul Islam alias Raihan Shaikh, Liakot Ali Pramanik alias Rafique alias Rafiqul alias Mohammad Rubel and Habibur Rahman alias Jahidul Islam alais Jabirul Islam alias Zafar.

Sources said these accused persons pleaded guilty to the charges in NIA crime case No. RC-03/2014/NIA/DLI.

The three convicts who hail from Barpeta in Assam include Shaikhul Islam Khan, Sahanoor Alom and Sahidul Islam.

On October 2, 2014, at 12.15 pm, a powerful bomb blast took place at the first floor of a house in Khagragarh, a busy locality in Burdwan district of West Bengal, killing two persons grievously injuring another.

"The IED had accidentally gone off at the time of its making by the members of JMB -- a banned terror outfit. The members of JMB rented a house in the name of stitching but was being used for bomb-making," the source said

The NIA source said, the case was initially registered by West Bengal police and subsequently taken over by NIA. "During investigation, a conspiracy by JMB to radicalize, recruit and provide training in arms and explosives to its members in India as well as to commit terrorist acts and wage war against the governments of India and Bangladesh."

"A large number of IEDs, explosives, hand grenades, training videos were recovered during the investigation of the case," the source added.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had filed its first chargesheet in the case before a designated special court on March 30, 2015. Subsequently, two more supplementary charge sheets were filed in the case as an investigation made progress.

The other convicted persons in relation to the case are - Gulsona Bibi alias Razia Bibi, Alima Bibi alias Amina Bibi, Abdul Hakim alias Hasan, Amjad Ali Seikh alias Kajol, Md Rejaul Karim alias Anwar, Habibur Rehman alias Noor Alam, Giyasuddin Munshi alias Giyas Master, Mofajjul Ali alias Mufazzal Ali alias Laden, Abul Kalam alias Azad alias Abdul Kalam, Lal Mohammad alias Laltu alias Ibrahim alias Saif alias Sahib, Abdul Wahab Momin alias Ahab Ali and Nurul Hoque Mandal alias Naeem alais Babu.