Police have tightened security around the site of the blast and also administrative buildings at Jalpaiguri town

Three days after the bomb blast in the West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district, police have arrested Chandan Roy on Sunday morning. So far, six lives have been lost and many have been injured in the blast.

Police have tightened security around the site of the blast and also the administrative buildings at Jalpaiguri town.

“Chandan Roy was arrested from the Moynaguri area in the State’s Jalpaiguri district,” Amit P. Javalgi, Superintendent of Jalpaiguri Police, told The Hindu adding that Roy was produced in a court in Jalpaiguri during the day and was remanded to 10 days police custody.

When asked whether Section 144 would be imposed in some areas of the district due to the call for a procession by a separatist outfit, he said: “Section 144 has been imposed in certain areas of the district as after the bomb blast on December 26 the area is simmering with tension.”

In such a condition, no procession could be allowed in the area, added Mr. Javalgi.

On reports of deployment of central forces in the district he said: “We have companies of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in the district,” but declined to reveal his plans on deployment.

On December 26, five persons died in a bomb blast near the Bajrapara Bridge at the Kotwali police station area of Jalpaiguri district. The death toll rose to six after one of the injured admitted at the North Bengal Medical College Hospital died on Saturday.

While the separatist outfit KLO is suspected to be behind the blast, the organisation has denied the allegation.

North Bengal Development Minister Gautam Deb has alleged that external forces were behind the explosion.