Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury concerned over his constituency’s links with terror outfit
Kolkata/UNI: Hours after NIA officials arrested nine terrorists associated with Pakistan-sponsored module of terror group Al-Qaeda, Congress MP and Leader of Opposition Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Saturday expressed grave concern over his constituency’s links with the terror outfit.
Chowdhury, who represents the Baharampur constituency in Murshidabad of West Bengal, was worried over the terror links of his district following the arrests.
The Congress leader said NIA must conduct a thorough probe into the links with Pakistan-based terror outfit Al-Qaeda.
Chowdhury, also state Congress president, said, "It is a matter of great concern that Al-Qaeda militants were captured from Murshidabad. Murshidabad has been named for militant activity before. But I am deeply concerned about Bengal's links to terrorist organisations like Al-Qaeda."
"Al-Qaeda is actually targeting these poor and innocent people. There is a message going on in India right now due to communal polarisation, and this is what fundamentalist organisations are using. Otherwise, we would not have known how weak the intelligence of the state is," he noted.
"The border districts are getting weaker and weaker. The only job of the police now is to save the Trinamool. The efficiency of the police is eroding. The danger will only increase," Chowdhury observed.
National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials have arrested nine Al Qaeda terrorists while conducting multiple raids in Kerala’s Ernakulam and West Bengal’s Murshidabad regions.
All nine terrorists, who were associated with Pakistan sponsored module of Al-Qaeda, were arrested on Saturday early morning.
Six were arrested from West Bengal and three were nabbed from Kerala.
The terrorists arrested from West Bengal are Najmus Sakib, Abu Sufiyan, Mainul Mondal, Leu Yean Ahmed, Al Mamun Kamal and Atitur Rehman.
The ones arrested from Kerala are Murshid Hasan, Iyakub Biswas, Mosaraf Hossen.
"The group was planning to undertake terrorist attacks at vital installations in India with an aim to kill innocent people and strike terror in their minds," the NIA said.
As per preliminary investigation, the NIA found that the terrorists were planning to undertake attacks in multiple places including the National Capital Region (NCR).
Large quantity of incriminating materials including digital devices, documents, sharp weapons have been seized from the terrorists' possession.
The arrested terrorists will be produced in the concerned courts in West Bengal and Kerala.