"Five people have been killed. Some others are injured. Our reading is that the blast was caused by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) kept in a cycle," said Inspector General of Police, North Bengal, Sashikant Pujari.

Jalpaiguri's Deputy Superintendent of Police Prabhat Chakraborty said that four injured people were admitted in Jalpaiguri District Hospital.

The blast occurred at around 7 pm in Bajrapara area.

"We suspect KLO militants are behind the blast. Recently some of their activists have been arrested. The blast could be a retaliatory action on their part," said Pujari.

Following the incident, a high alert has been sounded across North Bengal.

"There is high alert also in the international borders with Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh and the Bengal-Assam inter-state border," said Pujari.

Two days back, three KLO militants were rounded up in Jalpaiguri district for their alleged involvement in extortion from tea garden owners and other businessmen from north Bengal by issuing threats.

The KLO has been demanding a Kamtapur state comprising six districts Cooch Behar, Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, North and South Dinajpur and Malda of West Bengal and four contiguous districts of Assam Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Dhubri and Goalpara.

(Agencies)

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