- Jakir Hossain is the Minister of State for Labour for the government of West Bengal
- He was on his way to Murshidabad’s Nimtita railway station to catch a train to Kolkata when he was targeted
- In the attack, the minister suffered wounds in one hand and one leg
Jakir Hossain, the West Bengal Labour Minister, who was injured in a crude bomb attack on Wednesday evening, is said to be stable and out of risk. The Superintendent of Murshidabad Medical College, Dr. Amiya Kumar Bera, said that Hossain suffered injuries to one hand and one leg in the incident yesterday.
The Minister of State in the Mamata Banerjee government has now been moved for further care to a hospital in Kolkata. It has been confirmed that the minister is undergoing surgery at the Hospital.
The crude bomb attack was carried out at the Nimtita railway station in Murshidabad by unidentified individuals. At least two other people have suffered injuries in yesterday’s incident.
An amateur video has surfaced that shows the moment the bomb went off when a group of people were walking with the minister.
#WATCH: WB Minister Jakir Hossain injured after unidentified persons hurled a bomb at him at Nimtita railway station, Murshidabad y’day.— ANI (@ANI) February 18, 2021
Murshidabad Medical College Superintendent says that he’s stable & out of danger, one hand & leg injured.
(Amateur video, source unconfirmed) pic.twitter.com/ih7DLHAWLq
Meanwhile, sources said the West Bengal CID has taken over the investigation into the attack. As the attack occurred at a railway station, the Railway Ministry will conduct a separate probe.
In addition, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited the hospital in Kolkata to meet her wounded minister.
In the run-up to state assembly polls due in April-May this year, the Trinamool Congress MLA from Jangipur was targeted.
The governing TMC has blamed the attack on political rivals. Senior minister and party leader Malay Ghatak said that behind the attack were “political rivals of the party”
However, Murshidabad Zilla Parishad Mosharaf Hossain’s Sabhadhipati, whom the party had expelled earlier in the day, alleged that the bomb attack was a fallout of the inner feud of the party.
The minister was on platform No 2 of the station, according to the police, and was expected to catch a train to Kolkata at around 10 pm.
“We have started an investigation,” said the police officer, informing that the wounded that they had been rushed to the Jangipur sub-division hospital.
A hospital official said that he has sustained “injuries to his legs and lower part of the abdomen. We’re trying to stabilize him before we transfer him to a hospital in Kolkata.”
In Murshidabad, TMC leader Ghatak said Hossain was a very famous leader.
Ghatak while talking to PTI said, “He successfully carried out rallies in which thousands of people took part. It’s our political rivals’ job. They wanted Jakir to be killed.”