In a yet another potential threat, an additional brigade of crude bombs has reportedly been found in West Bengal's Birbhum on Wednesday, as per sources. Sources further report that Bomb Squad Investigation teams are reportedly probing to ascertain the reason for the bombs being placed there.
Earlier this morning in the Nanur area of the Birbhum district, police had allegedly recovered four buckets of crude bombs lying in the open in certain areas of Nanur, as per sources. Sources also report that the bombs recovered were live.
On Sunday, police had seized caches of bombs, arms, and ammunition from various areas of Birbhum district and arrested nine persons in this regard.
A total of 112 crude and socket bombs, six country-made weapons, and as many ammunition were recovered from six police station areas during night-long raids on Saturday, Superintendent of Police Shyam Singh said Sunday.
Of the 112 bombs, 40 were recovered from Labhpur, 32 from Nanoor, 20 from Panrui, nine each from Kankartala and Sadaipur and two from Rampurhat police station limits, the SP said.
During Saturday's raids, police arrested a total of 399 persons, of which 228 were preventive detentions, Singh said adding that 65 others were arrested in specific cases and 106 accused had pending cases registered against them.
Meanwhile, the ruling Trinamool Congress and the opposition BJP have been accusing each other of stockpiling bombs in various areas of the district for quite some time. The Trinamool and BJP government have been at loggerheads since the Lok Sabha election campaign with both PM Modi and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee taking potshots at each other.
Since the BJP's 18 seat gain in the state, droves of Trinamool councillors have shifted to the saffron party in regular intervals, strengthening its foothold in West Bengal which has been a CPI bastion and then a Trinamool bastion.