West Bengal Governor says State’s law and order situation alarming, outfits like Al-Qaeda active

Expressing grave concerns about the law and order situation under Mamata Banerjee government, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Friday said that outfits such as Al-Qaeda are active in the state.

While taking aim at Mamata Banerjee-led government, the governor said terrorist group Al Qaeda has its presence in Bengal and some members of the terror outfit were recently arrested by the National Investigation Agency and the state police had no idea about it.

“Law and order situation in West Bengal is very alarming. We have the presence of terror outfits like Al-Qaeda in the state. It’s a threat to national security,” Dhankhar was quoted by news agency ANI, adding that six people associated with the terrorist group were arrested from Bengal and the Bengal Police had no idea about it.

In September, NIA busted an Al-Qaeda module from West Bengal’s Murshidabad and made several arrests. The sudden action by the central agency, however did not go down well with the state administration who complained of not receiving any prior information.

Media reports stated that the agency’s preliminary investigations revealed that individuals were radicalised by Pakistan-based Al-Qaeda terrorists on social media and were being motivated to carry out attacks at multiple places including the National Capital Region (NCR).