Bengal minister injured in bomb blast stable: Official

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Kolkata, Feb 19 (PTI) West Bengal minister Jakir Hossain, who was seriously injured in a bomb blast, is stable now, an official of the state-run hospital where he is undergoing treatment said on Friday.

Hossain, the minister of state for labour, was injured after unidentified attackers hurled a crude bomb at him at Nimtita railway station in Murshidabad district on Wednesday night.

'He is stable at the moment and is responding to the treatment. He suffered multiple injuries and underwent surgeries on Thursday. Our senior doctors are monitoring his health condition,' the official told PTI.

The Trinamool Congress MLA of Jangipur was brought to the SSKM Hospital here on Thursday morning and admitted to the Trauma Care Unit.

The health condition of 13 others, who were also injured in the bomb blast and admitted to the hospital, are also 'stable', the official said.

The Criminal Investigation Department of West Bengal and a special task force are probing into the incident.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had on Thursday alleged the bomb attack on Hossain was part of a conspiracy as certain people were 'pressuring' him to switch over to another party.

Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar had also called for an NIA investigation into the blast. PTI SCH BDC BDC