TMC Minister Hossain badly injured in bomb attack

Attack was 'premeditated', Rail Ministry should take responsibility: Mamata Banerjee

Jakir Hossain, who is the minister of state for labour in the Mamata Banerjee-led government, inluding 12 others were injured in a crude bomb attack at the Nimtita Railway Station in Murshidabad district on Wednesday night.

Jakir was reported to be out of danger on Thursday morning. The superintendent of the Murshidabad Medical College was quoted by Times Now as saying that the minister sustained injuries in one hand and one leg.

All of the injured will be brought to the SSKM Hospital in Kolkata. According to reports, of the 12, five have sustained grievous injuries and will need surgery. While a case was lodged at the Azimgunj Government Railway Police Station, no person has been named in the FIR. Jakir was waiting at platform no 2 of the station to catch a train to Kolkata around 10pm on Wednesday when he was attacked, a senior police officer told PTI.

Showing concern into the matter, Mamata alleged that the bomb attack on state minister was part of a conspiracy as certain people were "pressuring" him to switch over to another party. She, who went to the SSKM hospital to inquire after his condition following Wednesday's incident, slammed the railways for its "lacklustre" way of functioning. "It is the Railways which is responsible for security within the station, not the state government," she said.

"It was a pre planned attack on minister Jakir Hossain. It is a conspiracy. Some people (party) were pressuring Jakir Hossian to join them for the last few months. I don't want to disclose anything more as the investigation is on," Mamata said.

The chief minister announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for those severly injured in the explosion and Rs one lakh for people who received minor injuries. "How can the railways deny their responsibility for security lapses when the attack happened at a railway station?" she asked. Mamata said a total of 26 people were injured in the blast. The West Bengal CID is likely to take up the probe into the case.

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