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23 Nov 2017

Gurung lawyer clarifies SC ruling

SNS, DARJEELING, 22 NOVEMBER : Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung's lawyer, Anup Mitra, today claimed that the Supreme Court has protected Mr Gurung from all the pending criminal cases and that the ruling remains effective until further order or final order, and not for a mere 14 days as news reports suggested.
In the press statement released by Morcha leader Roshan Giri in the party's media group on Whatsapp, Mr Mitra says, A lot of misgivings and misinformation are being spread. Mr.Gurung has been protected from all pending criminal cases named or not named in the FIR, totaling around 300 cases all over the affected area and that the order will remain effective till further or final order" Mr Mitra maintained that the 14 days is the time given to respondents, including the state government, to reply. He further states that Mr Gurung is now free to decide on his movement, programmes and activities and "is not answerable to any character"
Reacting to statements from the Binay Tamang camp on fees being taken by lawyers, Mr Mitra said that there is no such fixed amount and that they sometimes also work for free of cost".

New Hill Area Development Committee constituted

MP, 22 November 2017, Darjeeling: The Home and Hill Affairs Department through a notification has constituted a "Hill Area Development Committee" for Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts. 
The notification states that this supplementary development body will supervise progress work in specific sectors in Darjeeling and Kalimpong respectively. 
The Bengal Governor has given his assent to the "Hill Area Development Committee" constituting Mann Ghising as the Chairperson; Mahendra Chettri as Vice-Chairperson; Ajoy Edwards and Shubhomoy Chatterjee as members.
"The committee shall work in such areas/subjects as the state government may assign to them from time to time" stated the notification with immediate effect. 
The notification is signed by the Principal Secretary, Home and Hill Affairs Department, Government of West Bengal.
Incidentally in the past, GNLF president Mann Ghising had been nominated in the GTA Board of Administrators. Ghising then had tendered his resignation from the board. 
This time, however, all four have given their consent to join the Committee. "As the GNLF had filed a case against the GTA which is still not disposed off, I did not want to join the Board of Administrators of the GTA. We had challenged the very formation of the GTA," stated Ghising. 
But now, Ghising has agreed to join this committee. "Our people have been suffering since the past 10 years especially during the last 104-day-long bandh in the Hills. We want to bring relief to the economically backward sections of society through this committee." 
Except for Chatterjee, the other three owe allegiance to the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF). 
In the past, the government of Bengal had constituted 15 community-based cultural and development boards.

CM pulls up officers for slow development work in N Bengal

CM pulls up officers for slow development work in N BengalMP, 22 November 2017, Siliguri: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday expressed concern over the slow progress of work on its "Kanyashree" project for minor girls in North Bengal's three districts and said she had information that beneficiaries were not receiving their dues. 
Banerjee was interacting with district officials here at Uttarkanya, the mini-Secretariat of North Bengal, to take stock of development projects in Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar and Cooch Behar. 
"Kanyashree is the pride of Bengal. It has been acclaimed internationally. But the pace of implementation of the project is not up to expectations. Why is that so," the Chief Minister asked the District Magistrates (DM). 
The project, launched by the state government in 2013, is a cash transfer scheme aimed at retaining girls in schools and discouraging them from getting married before they are 18. Banerjee also asked the officials to keep vigil on border areas and take foolproof security measures. 
The Chief Minister expressed concern over the challenges faced by tea estates in Alipurduar and asked the DM to resolve the water crisis in the plantations. 
Banerjee also asked the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) of Jalpaiguri to cross-check facts before taking action against doctors of state-run medical establishments. 
"I have information that you recently show-caused many doctors of the Jalpaiguri Sadar Hospital. Before taking any punitive action against a person, you should hear his side of the story too," she said. 
Expressing concern over deaths in elephant attacks in Alipurduar, Banerjee said the district administration should frame a plan of action to prevent man-elephant conflicts. 
The CM also noted that 25,000 people were yet to get digital ration cards in Cooch Behar and directed the officials to expedite work on 100-day projects for employment generation in the rural belts. A meeting of top officials of all districts will be held on December 4 at Nabanna, the state Secretariat said.

Didi prod on rural projects

AVIJIT SINHA, TT, Siliguri: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday instructed administrative officials in Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar and Alipurduar to expedite the process of implementing development projects and welfare schemes in rural areas.
"The panchayat elections will be held next year. You should not wait till the end of the current fiscal. You should put in efforts to meet the target of all social welfare schemes and projects related to infrastructure development like rural roads by January next year," Mamata told the officials at a review meeting of the three districts in Uttarkanya in Siliguri.
Through the meeting, the chief minister's focus was on schemes meant for rural areas like 100 days' work, rural road development, skill training, drinking water facilities in villages and tea estates, Kanyashree, compensation to victims of elephant depredation and so on.
"Why is the average number of days for which work has been provided under the 100 days' work scheme only 29 in Cooch Behar? The administration and elected representatives should ensure that it reaches 50 at the earliest," she said, as Kaushik Saha, the district magistrate of Cooch Behar, presented a report.
Even as officials stood up to explain the status of the projects, she passed on instructions to fast-track their implementation.
"She made it clear that there should be no delay in meeting the targets. This shows that her focus is now on the rural polls, which will be the last major elections in the state ahead of the 2019 parliamentary polls. She does not want to take any chances in these districts, where the BJP has been consolidating its base," said an observer.

Mann Ghisingh put at hill body helm .... Hill Area Development Committee formed

Vivek Chhetri, Darjeeling: The Bengal government has constituted a Hill Area Development Committee for the districts of Darjeeling and Kalimpong and appointed GNLF chief Mann Ghisingh as its chairman.

Observers said the move was intended at co-opting the second largest party in the hills in the development process after acknowledging the Binay Tamang faction of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha as the predominant political force in the region.

The Trinamul Congress has had an electoral understanding with the GNLF since 2011. The government had earlier appointed Ghisingh as the vice-chairman of the North Bengal Board of Development of Sports and Games and later inducted him into the board of administrators at the GTA.

The GNLF chief had, however, declined both the offers. "He probably wanted something with independent powers...,"said a source.
Sources said Ghisingh was on Tuesday handed over a notification issued by the state's home and hill affairs department.

According to the notification, Mahendra Chhetri, GNLF general secretary, has been made the vice-chairman while party colleague Ajoy Edwards and Shubhomoy Chatterjee of Trinamul have been made members.

GNLF spokesperson Neeraj Zimba said he had received the government notification.

"It is an interim body until a permanent solution is reached for the hills. The permanent solution is Gokhaland but in the present circumstances, this might not be possible. We are looking at some credible and constitutionally recognised body and consulting legal experts. After that, we will place our suggestion to the state government," he said.

Stick for five for pay delay to teacher... pay five lakh from their salaries -- High Court

TT, Calcutta: A Calcutta High Court order has led the government to identify five employees responsible for delaying the disbursal of dues to a Malda schoolteacher and deduct Rs 5 lakh from their salaries that the state had to pay as interest to the petitioner.
On Wednesday, Justice Debangshu Basak directed Abanindra Kumar Singh, the commissioner of school education, to produce the documents showing that the amount deducted from the employees' salaries had been deposited in the government exchequer.
"The practice of delaying the disbursal of legitimate dues of employees should stop immediately. The different departments of the state would have to take lessons from the current order," said Justice Basak.
According to the case records, Altaf Hussein, an assistant teacher of Malda Sukanta Memorial School, had filed a petition in the high court after the education department failed to give him salary at a higher scale despite him obtaining a Masters degree.
Justice Tapan Sen, a former judge of the court, had in 2007 ordered the state government to disburse the salary, due to the teacher from 2000, within two months.
Hussein waited for eight years. When the department did not obey the order, he moved another petition in the high court in 2015.
Justice Basak had then directed the education department to disburse the amount due to the teacher along with an 18 per cent interest by November 2016.
But the government still failed to obey the order and Justice Basak asked the commissioner of school education to be present in court on August 4 this year.
As the commissioner did not turn up, the judge asked him to appear on August 16 along with the cheque of the dues with 18 per cent interest.
The judge also directed a departmental inquiry to find out the employees responsible for the delay.
On Wednesday, a report was placed before the court along with the list of five employees of the "grant aid section" department who were found responsible for the delay. The report also gave the details of the amounts deducted from the employees.

22 Nov 2017

Mamata Banerjee adopts reconciliatory steps on the Darjeeling issue

Amitava Banerjee ,OI, November 22, 2017: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee attempted to reconcile the Hill impasse by agreeing to certain demands and keeping the issue of development in the fore. 
After holding a round of bipartite talks with Hill political outfits in the plains of the Darjeeling district on Tuesday, Banerjee plans to hold the next round of bipartite talks in the Hills. 
Mamata Banerjee who had had to leave the Hills on June 9 faced with protests and an agitation has been invited to the Hills to inaugurate car parking facilities and a tourist festival in December. 
Agreeing to earlier demands by the agitators the State Government has decided to pay compensation to the families of the persons who died in the recent Gorkhaland agitation. "We will pay Rs. 1 lakh to the next of kin of the persons who died in the agitation but are not implicated in any criminal case. Gorkhaland Territorial Administration will also give a job in the Group D category to a next of kin of the deceased after getting a go ahead from the State Government. The persons critically injured during the agitation will be given Rs. 50,000/- each" declared Banerjee. 
Regarding arrears to the Government employees who failed to attend office during the 104 day long bandh, the CM stated "The Government employees will receive two months of salary under the provision of medical leave. As for the teachers they will be given salary for three months provided they work on holidays and complete syllabus. The students should not suffer" stated the Chief Minister. 
She stated that even the tea garden workers had received annual bonus."Government will take necessary action against gardens that fail to hand out bonus" claimed Banerjee. 
Giving stress to tourism and employment generation, the Chief Minister stated "There will be a tourism festival held in the last week of December. We will also hold an Industries meet at the same time so that industries come in to the Hills and there is employment generation" added the CM. 
The CM has asked the GTA to draw up an action plan. "We will implement the action plan jointly with the GTA" stated Banerjee. 
Mamata Banerjee then announced forth coming development activities in the Hills. 
Political commentators opine that with Mirik having given the Trinamool Congress their maiden taste of victory in the Hills during the civic elections, Banerjee too did not fail to reward Mirik. "We will renovate and upgrade the existing Mirik Tourism Centre. Along with this a 100 bedded hospital and a bus stand will come up in Mirik soon" stated the CM. The Pintail Village located on the foothills near SIliguri is all set to get a facelift. "We will built facilities for tourist accommodations. There is a demand for two more colleges, one at Tukdah and the other at Tindharia. "We will approach private enterprises if they are interested in setting up and running the colleges" stated Mamata Banerjee. 
Banerjee thanked all hill political parties for the restoration of peace and normalcy in the Hills. "We will not compromise with development. Our Government will work taking the Hill and Plains together" added the Chief Minister. 
Binay Tamang, Chairman, Board of Administrators, GTA, reciprocated by saying " We want to revive the international brand "Darjeeling." We sincerely hope that Darjeeling develops; Tourism thrives and there is employment generation. We will hold an International Tourism Festival in December. We have already invited the CM to inaugurate. At the same time we will have an Industries' meet which will help generate employment along with bringing about an economic boost to this region." 
Regarding tripartite talks (which has been a long standing demand in the Hills,) Tamang stated "We have heard that the Union Government has asked the State Government to call tripartite talks. The ball is in now in the State Government's court. They will have to decide." Tuesday's bipartite talk was attended by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, Gorkha National Liberation Front, All India Gorkha League, Trinamool Congress. 
The Jan Andolan party however was not present.

KalimNews: GJM media cell has added that discussion was made on the other matters and resolutions were adopted in certain matters too. 
Complication on the issue of SC / ST / OBC / Gorkha Certificate and Residential Certificate was resolved by an order to follow the previous procedure on issuing certificates. Government also has accepted the formation of a 7 member Ad hoc committee for a separate School Service Commission for the hills. 
An examination centre at Darjeeling will be allotted for holding WBCS (Main) Exams.On the demand of inclusion of Nepali Language as an optional Language in WBCS is under consideration. Bloomfield Dali will be the Darjeeling District Police Headquaters and Police Recruitment centre.
Government employees have to take two moths medical leave and and 15 days Special leave to receive 2 months salary for the period of strike.
Penalties on taxes will be waived off.
Kalej Valley T.E., Dhoteria T.E. and Peshok T.E. will be compensated as the labourers and staffs are not getting wages and other benefits and bonus since last 2 years.
Government Colleges will be established at Takdah and Tindharia.

Sunil Chhetri, Indian football captain, to marry girlfriend Sonam on December 4

Sunil Chhetri, Indian football captain, during his engagement with Sonam Bhattacharya.
Sunil Chhetri, Indian football captain, during his engagement with Sonam Bhattacharya.(Facebook)
PTI, New Delhi, Nov 21, 2017 : Sunil Chhetri, Indian football team captain, has got engaged to his long-time girlfriend Sonam Bhattacharya, daughter of Mohun Bagan legend Subrata Bhattacharya and will tie the knot in Kolkata on December 4.

The sangeet ceremony was held at a Gurgaon hotel on Monday.

The 33-year-old Chhetri, who is currently playing for Bengaluru FC in the fourth edition of Indian Super League, flew down to the Capital after the match against Mumbai City FC in Bengaluru on Sunday.

The main wedding ceremony will take place on December 4 in Kolkata between Bengaluru’s away games against FC Goa and NorthEast United.

The reception will be held on December 24 in Bengaluru. Sonam is a business management graduate from Scotland.

Photo: Sunil Chhetri Instagam
Agencies:  Sunil Chhetri is set to follow Yuvraj Singh’s footsteps as he is going to tie the knot with his long-time girlfriend Sonam Bhattacharya. 

The Indian football team skipper will be marrying former Indian footballer Subroto Bhattacharya’s daughter.

Sonam, who currently runs two star hotels in Kolkata’s Salt Lake area, has a management degree from a Scotland-based university.

Sonam’s father, who was a former Mohun Bagan footballer, has been a mentor to Chhetri as he began his career.

“I have seen Sunil grow as a footballer. I got him to Kolkata Maidan in 2003 and he has improved as a footballer. I can compare him to Xavier Pius of our times,” Subroto Bhattacharya was quoted as saying to Hindustan Times.

“Yes, Sunil came and met us. They have been in a relationship and I think they should be happy for the rest of their lives. He (Chhetri) is a good lad and I like his innocence” Bhattacharya said further.

Chhetri is a part of Ranbir Kapoor-owned Mumbai City FC in the Indian Super League, and also captained the Bengaluru FC side which became the first Indian team to reach AFC Cup final this year.

Sunil Chhetri is an Indian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Indian club Bengaluru FC and the Indian national team. He is both the most-capped player,and all-time top goalscorer for the India national team, with 56 goals in 97 appearances.He is also the current captain of the national team.

Sunil Chhetri was born on 3 August 1984 to K.B. Chhetri, an officer in the Electronics and Mechanical Engineers Corps of the Indian Army, and Sushila Chhetri in Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India.

His father played for the Indian Army's team while his mother and her twin sisters played for the Nepal women's national team. Chhetri started playing football from a young age taking part in various tournaments.

Chhetri began his professional career at Mohun Bagan in 2002. He then moved to JCT where he scored 21 goals in 48 games, the most he has scored for any side in his career.He signed for the Kansas City Wizards of Major League Soccer in 2010, becoming the third player from the subcontinent of note to go abroad. 

However, that stint in the United States did not last long and soon he was back in India's I-League where he played for Chirag United and Mohun Bagan before going back abroad. This time he was signed by Sporting Clube de Portugal of the Primeira Liga where he played for the club's reserve side.

It was with the national team that Chhetri gained fame and made a name for himself. He helped India win the 2007 Nehru Cup, 2009 Nehru Cup, the 2012 Nehru Cup as well as the 2011 SAFF Championship. 

He was also one of India's best players during the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup in which India won the tournament and thus qualified for their first AFC Asian Cup in 27 years. He then led India in scoring during their short-lived campaign at the 2011 AFC Asian Cup with two goals. Chhetri has also been named AIFF Player of the Year four times in 2007, 2011, 2013 and 2014.

Sikkimese arrested with leopard skin

Prashant Acharya, EOI, SILIGURI, 21 Nov 2017: Baikunthapur forest division on Sunday arrested Sikkim resident Rabi Subba for allegedly smuggling leopard skin from Sikkim to Siliguri.
Subba was arrested from Sahid Nagar near Champasari area along with 5.5’ length leopard skin. Subba is said to be a resident of Singtam of East Sikkim.
Sanjay Dutta, range officer of Belakoba forest range, Jalpaiguri said, “We received specific information that a group of people were entering Siliguri with a leopard skin. On the basis of information our patrolling team along with officials caught Rabi Subba of Singtam, East Sikkim. The leopard was killed after firing at its head and the skin was being brought from Sikkim towards Siliguri for selling purpose. There were other four to five people who managed to flee but we received their names and keeping track to arrest soon.”
Dutta who leaded the team to nab the poachers posed as a truck driver. He informed that it is an international gang involved in smuggling animal skin and other parts to Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh. They stay in Siliguri on the rental houses to run the illegal business.
He also informed that the operation was conducted under the instruction of Additional PCCF M R Baluch. The female calf leopard was said to be killed but the arrested accused Rabi Subba informed forest officials that they found it dead in the jungle.
However they could not inform the exact location or jungle where the leopard was found. Dutta said, “We are finding out the jungle where it was killed after interrogation of the arrested people and other sources.”
The officer informed that the price of the skin in the international market is around 2.5 lakhs.

North Bengal tourism stakeholders request CM to compensate village tourism for strike induced losses

EOI, SILIGURI, 21 Nov 2017: Tourism stake holders from four districts of North Bengal have requested chief minister Mamata Banerjee to appeal tourists throughout the globe to visit North Bengal as the situation has become normal as before and also compensate village tourism through promotion from the government as the recorded strike in the hills have made a huge loss in the tourism industry.
The tourism stake holders especially home-stay owners from the hills have asked chief minister to think over the future of the rural tourism which has faced huge financial loss due to continuous strikes. They have also requested to arrange for the promotional programmes in major cities of the nation through seminars and press conferences with atleast 10-12 members North Bengal.
Jitu Giri, director of Travel Enchanting Himalayas, Kurseong said, “The period of three months during strikes was historic in tourism industry in hills where stakeholders faced a hard time to meet financial crisis. Now the government has to take initiatives to save the life of rural tourism.” Giri suggested organizing colourful festivals to attract tourists and make them feel safe and comfortable that there is no more tension in hills.
T N Ghishing, director of Orange Villa Home stay, Bada Mangwa, Darjeeling informed that without government’s support it will be difficult for another one more year to attract tourists in the hills.
Birendra Tamling, Association for Conservation of Tourism Sikkim chapter said, “The strike also affected tourism industry in Sikkim. He suggested Bengal government to take initiatives for the conservation of tourism and promote throughout nation about the peace that prevailed in hills.   
Raj Basu, Convenor, Help Tourism said, “The stake holders from Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri will jointly request chief minister to compensate village tourism through free promotional programmes from the government.”
He informed that soon a press conference will be organised in Kolkata on the theme “Kolkata We Miss You” where stake holders from hills, Terai and Dooars will address the press and request tourists to visit North Bengal.
A deputation will be sent to the chief minister Mamata Banerjee through tourism minister Gautam Deb about several hurdles faced by the tourism industry and stake holders due to strikes.
Toursim stake holders Babit Gurung from Gorubathan, Oshan Lepcha from Malbazar, Hom Khawas from Chuikhim, Pasang Lepcha from Kalimpong, Lela Lama from Jaldhaka, Mithun Sarkar from Jaldapara, Sayantan Pal from Siliguri and many others were present in the meeting. 

Kohinoor Tea Estate in bank control

Anirban Choudhury, TT, Alipurduar: The Jalpaiguri branch of the Central Bank of India has taken possession of the Kohinoor Tea Estate in Alipurduar district as the management failed to repay a loan and interest of over Rs 22 crore.

The gardens with more than 1000 workers at Samuktala was abandoned by the management on September 21.

"Without issuing a notice of suspension of work or lockout, the management left the estate on September 21. The labour department had called meetings but none from the management turned up," said a source.

Its not clear when the firm running the garden had taken the loan.

"The garden owed the Jalpaiguri branch of the Central Bank of India Rs 22.42 crore. As the loan had not been repaid, the bank issued a notice, saying it had foreclosed on the estate," said the source.

Kallol Das, the deputy labour commissioner of Alipurduar, said the department would convene a meeting between the management and the bank on December 5 to discuss the matter.

Trade unions said the garden had not invested the loaned amount in the garden.

"The company took huge loan from the bank but did not invest the same amount in the garden. Strong action should be taken against the management. They have cheated the workers of Kohinoor. I cannot understand what the fault of workers is," said Bidyut Gun, the secretary of the Alipurduar district committee of the Cha Bagan Majdoor Union.

The estate management couldn't be contacted.

Gurung plan for Delhi trip

Vivek Chhetri, TT, Darjeeling: Bimal Gurung said on Tuesday that he would not come out in public in Darjeeling "immediately" but would go to Delhi to take up the cases of his supporters.
His comments came a day after the Supreme Court passed an order restraining police from resorting to any "coercive action" against the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief, who had last made a public appearance at Ging on August 15.
In an audio message posted by Roshan Giri on the WhatsApp group of supporters, Gurung claimed he had got a "15-day stay" even though the apex court order only mentions "no coercive steps shall be taken against the petitioner".
"There is a 15-day stay. I need to work legally. There are many cases against our supporters, some of whom are on the run or in jail. I need to get relief for them also. In these 15 days, I will go to Delhi to take up this issue in the Supreme Court," Gurung said.
"I will definitely come out in public, but many people will be unable to come and work with me. I do not want to come out alone but will work to get relief for the others, too. I appeal to all to have patience," he added.
Binay Tamang, who had rebelled against Gurung during the statehood strike, on Tuesday questioned the source of the Morcha chief's funds to hire some of the top lawyers of the country to represent him in the court.
"As far as we know, Bimal Gurung has 93 police cases against him and he has got some relief in one of these cases. But the lawyers he has engaged are some of the top ones in the country. They charge huge fees, some of their clients are multi-millionaires. We want to know what the source of Bimal Gurung's funds is. The state should check if he has any income tax file and if he has one, what is there in it," said Tamang, after he attended the fourth round of bipartite talks at Pintail Village.
Told about Gurung's plans to go to Delhi, Tamang said: "Bagdogra is the nearest airport here and he should go to Delhi from here and not through Nepal to prove himself."

'Terror trio' arrested in Calcutta

Murlidhar Sharma at a news conference in Calcutta. Picture by Sanat Kumar Sinha
TT, Calcutta:
Police have arrested two Bangladeshi nationals, believed to have links with a terror outfit in the neighbouring country, and an Indian associate from outside Chitpore railway station in Calcutta where they had allegedly met to finalise an arms deal.
The arrested trio were identified as Rizaul Islam alias Sumon, 25, of Kasimnagar in Khulna; Samsad Mia alias Tanvir alias Tushar Biswas, 26, from Sylhet; and Monotosh Dey alias Mona da, 46, of Basirhat in Bengal's North 24-Parganas district.
"The Bangladeshi nationals told us they were members of the Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), a banned outfit in their country.... They claimed they were here to procure arms," said deputy commissioner, special task force, Murlidhar Sharma.
Intelligence sources in Dhaka said the ABT, which had recently claimed responsibility for the killings of secular bloggers, free thinkers and foreign nationals in Bangladesh, had changed its name to Anar-ul- Islam. The outfit upholds the ideology of al Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), which has earlier been linked to multiple terror activities in India, the sources said.
"ABT had been inactive since April last year as we carried out major crack downs in our country.... I still don't know about the arrests in Calcutta. But we will be very keen to interrogate them," Monirul Islam, who is heading the counter-terrorism unit of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police, told The Telegraph.
The Sheikh Hasina government had upped the ante on terror outfits after the July 1 terror attack on an upscale café in Dhaka, in which at least 20 people were killed.
The police in Calcutta have found visiting cards of chemical factories from the Bangla duo. Bundles of al-Qaida literature, books on "recce" and explosives-making and two detailed maps of the Eden Gardens and the Esplanade bus stop area and sketches of other installations were found on them, the police said.
"They said they had entered India around one-and-a-half years ago without any legal documents," said Sharma.
STF sources said they had seized a laptop and several pen drives from the Bangladeshi nationals.
"From the things that we found on them, it is clear that they have received explosives training from a militant named Majidbhai in Pakistan," said an STF officer.
Sources said their movement was first traced by the central agencies in Patna in September when they were trying to procure chemicals. The agencies found out that they were about to enter Bengal during Durga Puja, before the Salt Lake stadium was to host the U-17 Football World Cup.

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