Nearly two years after the Khagragarh blast in Burdwan district, a special court has framed charges against 30 persons in the case under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and the Arms Act, adding that the trial in the case would begin on August 19.
Charges were framed against 30 accused – of whom 20 are in custody while 10 continue to abscond – by Chief Judge Suvra Ghosh under various sections of the IPC and Arms Act, National Investigation Agency counsel Shyamal Ghosh said. According to the counsel, the accused were “indirectly or directly involved with the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh and aimed to destabilize the Bangladeshi government by trying to utilise Indian soil”.
The charges were framed under the Indian Penal Code sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), and 125 (offences related to SAARC countries) besides, sections 16 (punishment for terrorist act), 17 (punishment for raising funds for terrorist act), 18 (punishment for conspiracy) and 20 (punishment for being members of terrorist group) of the UAPA Act.Charges were also slapped under Section 5 (punishment for making and possessing explosives) of the Explosive Substances Act along with Section 25 (1b) of the Arms Act, he said.
The accidental blast at a house in Burdwan’s Khagragarh took place on October 2, 2014, killing two suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorists and injuring a third while they were making bombs.
The NIA had filed the primary chargesheet in the case in March, 2015, in which it said there was a “conspiracy of JMB, a proscribed terrorist organisation in Bangladesh, to overthrow the existing democratic government in Bangladesh through violent terrorist acts”. Besides filing the the primary chargesheet in March, 2015, the NIA had also filed three supplementary chargesheets in which names of other accused were revealed.
During investigation, statements of 460 witnesses were recorded and over 6,500 documents and material evidence were produced before the court.