New Delhi: The Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) has refuted reports that the car of the Indian High Commissioner in Bangladesh was attacked. Reports came on Friday evening that unidentified men had attacked Pankaj Saran's car injuring three, including the driver. The miscreants had hurled three crude bombs at the parked car that was being used by the Indian envoy during a visit to southwestern Khulna district.
"The High Commissioner (Pankaj Saran) is completely unhurt and there is nothing to be worried about... he will return to Dhaka in line with his visit schedule," an Indian high commission spokesman had said.
A police official in Khulna also confirmed the report saying unidentified miscreants hurled the bombs in front of a number of parked cars while the Indian envoy was in a meeting with the local chamber leaders. Assistant Police Commissioner Abul Kalam Azad had said that the explosions slightly wounded three people, including his driver, but the cars were undamaged and a massive manhunt was launched to track down those who exploded the bombs.
"We suspect that activists of Jamaat-e-Islami exploded the bombs ahead of their planned general strike in the (Khulna) district to create fear among public so their programme could be enforced...we think it is a stray incident," the official had said.
A local journalist, who was covering the envoy's programme, had said the explosions came as Saran was about to complete his address at Chamber of Commerce and Industries building. The Indian High Commission officials had said the envoy went to coastal Khunla region on Friday to survey cyclone affected areas as a project was underway there with Indian assistance for rehabilitation of the victims.
In March, a low intensity crude cocktail bomb exploded outside a hotel in Dhaka during President Pranab Mukherjee's visit amid a general strike in called by fundamentalist Jamaat-Islami to protest the conviction of three of its top leaders for 1971 war crimes.
With additional information from PTI