NIA takes over probe into BJP MP’s house incident in West Bengal

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday took over the investigation into the attack on West Bengal BJP MP Arjun Singh’s house. The NIA took over the case and filed an FIR based on the orders of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

“We have just received the orders and taken over the case regarding bomb attack outside BJP MP Arjun Singh,” an NIA spokesperson told. At least three crude bombs were hurdled outside the house of Arjun Singh “Majdoor Bhavan” at Jagaddal in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district, despite the presence of security, on September 8 between 6-6.30 am. The bombs had hit one of the entrance gates of the house. The explosions have partially damaged the gate outside the house. Police said a few people suffered minor injuries in the incident that occurred around 3 am. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader was not present at his home and was in Delhi at the time of the incident, but his family members were inside the house. The MP claimed that TMC men carried out the attack on his Bhatpara home following the saffron party’s decision to make him an observer of Bhabanipur assembly seat for the upcoming bypolls. Singh, a former Trinamool Congress MLA, joined the BJP in 2019 ahead of the Lok Sabha election. While the BJP demanded an NIA probe alleging that the TMC was behind the attack, the ruling party hit back saying the attack was the result of an internal feud in the saffron party. Soon after the attack, the BJP reacted strongly to the attack and Darjeeling MP Raju Bista had demanded an NIA investigation in the matter.