Forensic team visits Labhpur for blast clues
Members of the state forensic laboratory on Saturday visited Darbarpur village of Labhpur in Birbhum where nine persons were killed in a blast while making bombs. The bomb squad of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) conducted raids at various places of Labhpur to ascertain if any bombs were still kept anywhere in the village.
Police have arrested six persons for their involvement in the incident. The members of the bomb squad and the forensic team were examining the nature of the explosion. Police said that there was a fight between two groups over who would take control over "illegal sand mining" in the area. Eight persons were killed in an explosion on Friday while one injured person died in the hospital on Saturday.
The explosion took place when the victims were making bombs in the area on Friday morning. Bomb squads conducted raids at various parts of the district to ascertain if there were any bombs stocked. Bomb squad members defused some bombs that were found at the place of the incident. Senior police officers rushed to the spot on Saturday for the sake of investigation. During raid, police recovered garments with blood stains from near a river. Police suspect that some of the bodies might have been removed from the spot by the accused immediately after the incident.
Police are, however, ruling out the possibility of two rival groups engaging into a scuffle that ended with hurling of bombs at Darbarpur village. Local people alleged that illegal mining was still rampant in the area and it is the source of money for local goons. They alleged that the rival groups in the area often engage in clashes. But the situation on Thursday morning took a worse turn when eight persons were killed while making bombs.