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Labhpur bomb battle: Eight more arrested

Police have arrested eight more persons for their alleged involvement in the blast that had taken place at Darbarpur village of Labhpur in Birbhum on Friday.

Police have so far arrested 14 persons altogether in this connection. Four out of eight persons who were arrested by the police on Sunday were remanded to police custody for four days while the rest in judicial custody.

The arrested persons are Jasimuddin Seikh, Mirajul Seikh, Jalaluddin Seikh and Sitarul Seikh. They all were residents are Darbarpur village. The others are Seikh Rejaul, Muktar Seikh, Jamirul Seikh and Samiruddin Seikh who were from various parts of the district. Jasimuddin, Jalaluddin Samiruddin and Sitarul were remanded to four days' police custody after being produced before the Bolpur court on Sunday. The other accused were remanded to 14 days judicial custody. Police are yet to arrest the main accused who was grossly responsible for the incident. Eight persons were killed in an explosion on Friday while one injured person died in the hospital on Saturday. The accused persons in the face of interrogation told the police that they were innocent and that they were not involved in the incident. Darbarpur village on Sunday remained calm with many male members of the families fleeing from their houses apprehending arrest. It was almost a bandh-like situation at Darbarpur village with the shops remaining shut on Sunday.

Some of the senior police officers visited the incident site on Sunday for the sake of investigation. Police are yet to come up with the final report on how the incident had taken place. Members of the state forensic laboratory on Saturday visited the blast site where nine persons were killed while making bombs and collected samples from there.

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 rival groups in the area often engage in clashes. The bomb squad conducted raids at various places of Labhpur to ascertain if any bombs were still kept anywhere in the village.

Police said that there was a fight between two groups over taking possession of 'illegal sand mining' in the area. Meanwhile, the cops also 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.
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