Bombs stored to hurl at a victory rally of the Trinamool Congress exploded in the house of a CPI(M) leader at Bhagabanpur in East Midnapore on Sunday morning. Police said local people on Sunday morning heard a sound of explosion.
They came out to find that a portion of the house of CPI(M) leader Khokan Mollah had collapsed. Smoke was billowing out of the damaged portion of the house. Policemen from the local police station rushed to the spot and cordoned off the area. Later investigation revealed that a huge quantity of
crude bombs were stored in Mollah’s house and for certain reason the bombs had exploded.
According to the villagers, Mollah was aware that a victory rally of the Trinamool Congress which was scheduled to take place at the village on Sunday. They suspect that the bombs were stored to hurl at the rally.
Some children of the village also had a narrow escape as they used to play every morning just outside the boundary wall of the house which had also collapsed.
Mollah and his family members had fled. Police initiated a probe in this connection but they are yet to arrest the accused. The incident had led to panic in the area. Trinamool Congress leaders from the village urged the police to search houses of CPI(M) workers in the area apprehending that bombs were stored there as well.
In another incident, two bombs were recovered from the ground of a school at Shyamnagar in North 24-Parganas.
On Sunday morning people found two small tin containers. It led to their suspicion and they contacted the police.
Policemen from the local police station rushed to the spot and diffused the bombs after taking those to a desserted place.
Police had also found empty bottles of alcohol and empty packets of hooch from the same place.
Local people demanded proper security arrangements so that people involved in anti-social activities cannot enter the ground which is adjacent to a school.