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West Bengal minister Jakir Hossain injured in bomb attack

  • Published at 07:38 pm February 18th, 2021
Minister Jakir Hossain
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The CM of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee condemned the attack and alleged that it was a pre-planned and part of a larger conspiracy

Jakir Hossain, minister of state for labour in West Bengal, along with 10 Trinamool Congress leaders suffered serious injuries after being attacked by a crude bomb at the Nimtita railway station in Murshidabad on late Wednesday, Scroll.in reported.

Hossain has been admitted to the trauma centre of the Seth Sukhlal Karnani Memorial Hospital in Kolkata.

The Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee on Thursday condemned the attack and alleged that it was a pre-planned and part of a larger conspiracy. She blamed the Indian Railways responsible for the incident alleging no Railway Police Force personnel were present at the spot, Indian media reported.

“We are trying to identify the goons from CCTV footage with help of railway police,” Y Raghuvamshi, a senior police official, told the reporters. 

According to police reports, Hossain was dropped outside the station in a car. Then he walked up to platform number 2 accompanied by his personal guard, where he was attacked. 

No suspect has been arrested so far.

The West Bengal Crime Investigation Department (CID) has taken over the case, NDTV reported. 

Officials from the department arrived at the spot yesterday morning.

President of the Murshidabad unit of the Trinamool Congress, Abu Taher Khan said, “We can’t imagine a gentleman and popular politician like Jakir Hossain could have enemies who would try to kill him.” 

The party has requested the police to arrest the attackers as soon as possible, he said. 

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya also condemned the attack. 

"I strongly condemn the crude bomb attack on TMC minister Jakir Hossain at Nimtita railway station, Murshidabad. I pray for their speed recovery," Vijayvargiya said in a tweet.

Jagdeep Dhankhar, the governor of West Bengal called the attack on Jakir Hossain "reprehensible" and expressed concerns over rising violence in the state.